Think pink

Over 200 guests at­tended a glitzy ball at The Mid­land Ho­tel in Man­ches­ter in aid of the Pre­vent Breast Can­cer char­ity Cheshire Life: De­cem­ber 2018

Cheshire Life - - Festive Family Fun - John Cocks

Big-hearted guests dug deep when they at­tended a glam­orous black tie ball at The Mid­land Ho­tel in Man­ches­ter for Pre­vent Breast Can­cer. This char­ity is the only Uk-based breast can­cer char­ity fund­ing ground-break­ing re­search, which is solely aimed at pre­vent­ing the dis­ease for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The oc­ca­sion was hosted by Al­i­son Bray and Kath Mcken­zie who both worked for Greater Man­ches­ter Po­lice, when Kath Mcken­zie was sadly di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing ex­cel­lent treat­ment at Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal’s world-ren­wowned Nightin­gale Cen­tre, Kath wanted to help the cause in some way.

The evening started with a lively drinks re­cep­tion where jazz singer Rachel Ab­bott en­ter­tained guests as they ar­rived.

Af­ter a de­li­cious three-course meal, guests took part in an auc­tion and raf­fle where lo­cal busi­ness in­clud­ing bosses of The Mid­land Ho­tel, kindly do­nated prizes.

Those prizes in­cluded a he­li­copter ride, af­ter­noon teas and a chance to drive an Audi TT for three days. The ball, which was at­tended by over 200 guests, raised an in­cred­i­ble £20,000 for the char­ity.

Diane Berry is of­ten praised by her clients but Les­ley Cozens de­scribes her as a ‘real vi­sion­ary.’ Les­ley and her hus­band Martin had ini­tially been com­par­ing two sim­i­lar kitchen de­signs for their home when their builder Mike Mills rec­om­mended Diane’s com­pany in­stead. Les­ley and Martin were re­ally im­pressed with the per­sonal and far more in­clu­sive ap­proach which Diane took when they vis­ited her Prest­wich show­room. They were equally de­lighted with the cre­ative de­sign which her team put to­gether. Sym­me­try and clean lines were im­por­tant to Les­ley, whilst her hus­band wanted the es­sen­tial ap­pli­ances and func­tion­al­ity as the main cook in the home. Diane’s metic­u­lous de­sign suc­cess­fully com­bined all as­pects of their wish list. The cou­ple were even able to view their kitchen units ‘in situ’ af­ter Diane had them set up at the show­room. This gave her clients a true feel for how their own space could look. Ear­lier plans from other de­sign­ers had placed the dou­ble ovens along the back wall but the cou­ple had reser­va­tions about this and the out­look that it would pro­vide from the eat­ing area. Diane im­me­di­ately saw the is­sue with this and in­stead pro­posed the beau­ti­ful Ital­ian glass splash­back which is highly ef­fec­tive as a fo­cal point for the room.

Not only did the ideas far sur­pass any­thing be­fore, Diane took any has­sle away from the cou­ple and li­aised di­rectly with the builder on the cre­ation of a wall di­vid­ing the util­ity area and kitchen to clev­erly house the boiler, wash­ing ma­chine and dryer.

They were as im­pressed with the high qual­ity de­sign as with the team them­selves, Les­ley ex­plained that Diane made her­self to­tally avail­able for ad­vice whether about the kitchen project or other ar­eas of the home.

Diane was on hand to help with the pros and cons of Bi-fold­ing doors and slid­ers; help­ing them to set­tle on slid­ers which would of­fer a less in­ter­rupted view to the gar­den. Les­ley ex­plained that she has never be­fore worked with a com­pany who are so open and will­ing to share knowl­edge and ideas, not just for the kitchen project, but for other ar­eas of the home. It was clear to them and, as the im­pec­ca­ble pho­to­graphs show, the team have a real pas­sion for what they do.

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