Updated: Dec 13, 2020
The year started so positively; our projects were going really well and we had some really exciting fundraising events planned. Then Covid hit and the country went into lockdown.
As a charity, we had to cancel all of our fundraising events so we sadly were unable to run our Golf Day or our Annual Dinner – both of which usually contribute to the majority of our fundraising through sponsorship, tickets sales and auctions.
However all of you, our amazing supporters, have helped us through the year with your generosity and your support.
The good news was that we were able to run a couple of online events during lockdown, which were a lot of fun.
Our quiz night which was due to take place before lockdown, was sadly cancelled due to a powercut at the venue, however, all the teams were more than happy to join us virtually in May, along with quite a few extra teams and of course, the incomparable Basil Kaye, our Quiz master. Between both events, over £5000 was raised, which was fantastic.
At the end of July we were so fortunate to have the support of the incredible Misfits Mashup!
A wonderful team of friends and family who came together to raise funds for us with a marathon 15 hour workout session and the youngest member, Alfie, completing an astonishing 100 mile cycle ride.
These wonderful people raised over £4,000 for Max’s Foundation and we are so grateful to them, as well as being totally in awe of their accomplishments.
The end of September brought our very first virtual talent show, Max’s Factor. We wanted to try something different and we had so much fun! We had 18 incredible acts including singers, a magician, a dancer, a juggler - all so diverse and so talented.
We even had a trampolining act all the way from Bali! On the night, our four judges commented on and scored the acts – huge thanks to Ian Burrell (global rum ambassador), Amy Tapper (Gogglebox regular), Olive (Drag Queen extraordinaire) and Molly Schiller (one of our founding Trustees).
Once their votes were added to the audience votes, we had our fabulous top four acts and our winner, Natalie Sternberg.
Huge congratulations and thanks are due to all the acts and everyone who helped make the evening a success, including our wonderful compere, Simon Green and Patrick Brennan who edited the whole evening together – you helped us raise over £1,100.