Bollywood R3 event raises £2,000
The Southern Committee of R3 learned to master the art of Bollywood dancing during its annual dinner for the Southern region, raising £2,160 for Southampton Hospital Charity, specifically the E1 Ocean Ward.
The cardiac ward for children was chosen following the untimely death of KPMG employee Adam Lynas, who sadly passed away in June from a heart attack aged 35. Adam’s parents wanted the funds to go towards treatment for heart disease.
Adam was very close to his brother Andy who is 12 months younger, and they had a very special bond. Andy attended the Bollywood event and gave a speech in his brother’s memory.
Michael Pallot, senior manager in restructuring at KPMG said: “The generosity and kindness of everyone involved was a testament to the memory of Adam and to the R3 Southern region. Thank you to everyone that made the night possible and especially to Andy for his bravery in giving such a personal speech.”
The E1 Ocean Ward sees babies and children up to 16 years who are referred to them following outpatient appointments or as an emergency. Working with cardiac colleagues, the department carries out diagnostic tests to establish the cause of any suspected heart problems before carrying out minor and major treatment.
The unit cares for children from a wide area and receives referrals from 23 district hospitals stretching as far north as Northamptonshire and as far South as Cornwall and the Channel Islands.
Michelle Wheeler, fundraising manager for Southampton Hospital Charity, says, “We are thrilled to have benefitted from an amazing event like this, and the Bollywood theme looked really exciting. Everyone put in a lot of time, effort, and money, so thank you.
“Donations and fundraising events like this mean that we can provide the additional extras for our young cardiac patients that the NHS cannot pay for. This includes toys, DVD players and other distraction tactics while the kids are having treatment and procedures, plus child friendly rooms so they don’t look like hospital rooms.”
The R3 committee, which brings together insolvency practitioners from local accountancy, legal and recovery firms, held its dinner at St Mary’s Stadium with 175 in attendance. The funds were raised through a raffle and a heads and tails game.
Andrew Watling, chairman of the Southern Committee of R3 and a partner at Quantuma in Southampton, said: "This year's annual dinner was a really entertaining night and we are thrilled to have raised over £2,000 in memory of someone important to the R3 committee. We have been raising funds for charities for many years, and each year is just as important as the last in helping those in need.”
The eight Bhangra dancers opened and closed the proceedings showcasing their Bollywood skills. Guests then had the chance to take to the floor and learn the moves themselves.
R3 hosts quarterly meetings throughout the year where members and other professionals can meet and learn more about insolvency and related topics. Events are open to everyone and details can be found on the organisation’s website at: https://www.r3.org.uk/courses-and-events/regional-events