Our Business Development Director, Denis Stevenson recently took on a new role as Chief Auctioneer and Compere at a charity event for the Countess of Chester’s Baby Grow Appeal.
The Sportsman’s Lunch held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester was well attended by the local business community who enjoyed a superb three course meal. Guests were entertained by speaker Mike Watkinson, the former England Test Cricketer and impressionist Kevin Connolly, star of TV’s Dead Ringers and then invited to bid on a wide array of prizes including an overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza, signed Gary Barlow memorabilia, a signed Alastair Cook cricket bat and a cricket shirt signed by Joe Root.
Rowlinsons has been heavily involved in supporting the fundraising efforts of the Chester-based charity over the last 12 months and will continue to do so this year. The Sportsman’s Lunch is just one of the many events that Rowlinsons has taken part in on behalf of The Baby Grow Appeal.
Denis commented about The Sportsman’s Lunch, “At Rowlinsons we’re passionate about supporting the local community and the Countess of Chester Hospital Baby Grow Appeal is a fantastic cause. Alex Walters from Nat West and I pledged that we would raise £8,000 for the charity and I’m proud to say we achieved that and more raising a total of £9,206 through the generous support of people who attended the event.”
The auction alone raised a staggering £2,400 which will help The Baby Grow Appeal towards their £3 million target to build a new Neonatal Unit. The Baby Grow Appeal aims to offer the very best facilities possible for families at what can often be a very distressing time for them.
You can find out more about The Baby Grow Appeal at https://www.coch.nhs.uk/fundraising/babygrow-appeal.aspx