BPMA Christmas lunch raises funds for Mind

The BPMA was pleased to bring back the Christmas lunch this year, returning to the Guoman Tower Hotel in London. More than 100 guests arrived at our own private entrance for the drinks reception, enjoying a glass of bubbly overlooking the fabulous Tower Bridge.

The BPMA’s CEO Jon Birrell welcomed guests and allowed Stephen Fry to tell guests more about Mind, the mental health charity, before introducing BPMA board member Neal Beagles to the stage for a game of Heads and Tails as the first fundraising activity of the event. Jon commented: “It was so wonderful to see so many of our members enjoying an end of year celebration and I would like to thank everyone for their generosity enabling us to raise lots of money for Mind Charity.”

Following the classic Christmas three-course meal, Neal was back on stage for the raffle and auction. Superb prizes were donated by members and the BPMA is very grateful to all those who sent in gifts. The microphone then passed over to television’s Bob Mills who entertained us until the end of the meal, at which point everyone moved to the riverside bar for the rest of the evening.

Activities at the lunch raised £2,115 for Mind. In addition to this, Allwag Promotions raised £1,200 for Mind (read how on page 40) and the Briman Group of British manufacturers donated £4,313.58 for Mind.

For more information on Mind and the great work it does, go to mind.org.uk.

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