Mitie Ball raises £26,000 for two worthy charities
Jackie wanted to give something back
A Rutherglen businesswoman, who learned to speak again after losing part of her tongue to mouth cancer, was this weekend at the helm of the 2016 Mitie Charity Ball.
Jackie Long and five of her colleagues from Mitie Technical Facilities Management in Rutherglen raised £26,000 at the event, originally inspired by her determination to “give back” to the community.
Jackie first began fundraising for charity when she returned to work in 2014 after a battle with mouth cancer left her unable to speak for three months.
But defying doctors’ predictions that she would be unable to work for two years, Jackie returned 11 months later determined to raise cash for a worthy cause.
“I organised a fundraising night in a church hall when I came back to work initially. It was to give something back.”
But inspiring her others with her fundraising efforts, Jackie was approached by colleague Raymond Murray who had envisaged another event on a much bigger scale.
With Rutherglen colleagues Stephen Welsh, Shirley Laidlaw, Alison Bennett and Juliann McGhee stepping forward to join the organising committee, the Mitie Ball was born.
As the 2014 event raised £15,000 and was hailed a great success, the event returned the following year and was hosted at the Gailes Hotel in Irvine on Saturday evening for the 2016 bonanza.
Jackie said: “This year we are proud that we will be able to support Capability Scotland and the Mary Leishman Foundation.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make the evening a success, including our suppliers and sub-contractors for donating auction prizes and attending on the night, and our families who are always 100 per cent behind us.
“Organising the ball is a lot of hard work but I can’t even describe the feeling I get when I see everyone enjoying themselves and making money for charity. It makes me feel good, as well as the other committee members.”
Capability Scotland fundraiser Lucy Christopher, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have been chosen by Mitie to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Mitie Charity Ball. The money that is raised on the night will help make a real difference to the support we can offer people with disabilities living in Scotland.”
Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and support services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland, while the Mary Leishman Foundation aims to ease suffering and encourage potential throughout the country.