Lill Brothers Fish Merchants Charity
Working to Make a Difference!
Lill Brothers eighth annual Charity Event was held on Saturday, 16thMarch, 2019 , for the last four years our Charity Nights have been in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
From the very beginning, I was always passionate that our events be about more than the money that we are able to raise because it gives us an opportunity to bring communities together under one roof, regardless of their different cultural / religious beliefs or age. The aim is to unite as one as any kind of illness does not discriminate and I feel when we come together as a unified community we can share the pain of each other and take part in something special which is helping to raise funds for truly amazing local causes.
The event showcased fantastic performers from RDS Dance Group, Bharathantyam Fusion Dancers, Hollingwood Cheerleaders/Dancers, Ashland’s Primary School Dancers, Enaid Entertainments, Albion Street Band, Natural Rhythm Ska Band and new for this year- a performance from the North Wind Tribal Belly Dancers. Vocal tributes were also made by local young performers as well as tributes made by Danielle Whitfield, Andrea Unsworth and Janet Unsworth Angel in aid of their mother/grandmother, Dorothy May Unsworth, who sadly passed away from cancer in November, 2018.
It’s really important that we use events like this to give people of all abilities, a platform to showcase their talents and skills – especially the young people, to stand up in front of a crowd of people and perform what they have been working on for months is a really big achievement and helps build confidence which is an another important aspect of what this is night is about.
A number of Bradford based businesses also get behind our events to show their support, either through providing donations or food on the night.
The response we have had from local businesses year in, year out, when asking for support is brilliant, for them it’s about been a part of an event that is so rewarding. All of us can be affected by limiting illnesses, so for a community to come together and raise money for a fantastic cause that actively helps people in these circumstances, is incredible and the businesses that support this event recognise that. I must say a huge thank you to the long list of volunteers that give up their time to bring everything together. A reminder that this event is all about people and communities and when we come together we can accomplish great things.
The occasion was also marked with the attendance of special guests – The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford who took time out to come and witness the fantastic display of local talent and diversity these events are famous for.
Overall the event raised a staggering total of £10,200.00 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Community Fundraiser Harriet Wood said,
“The money this event has raised is truly incredible and will help so many people in the local community living with incurable illnesses. A huge thank you must go to all the volunteers, performers and businesses who contributed something towards this evening; not least of which Shakil, who has put in countless hours of time and energy to ensure it all comes together on the night. Without this input none of this would be possible and we are so privileged to have him as a Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice supporter.”
All photographs of this and previous years and any future charity events that we will be involved in can be seen on our Web page, https://www.lillbros1855.co.uk/charity.