Written by Rebecca Newman
Student Director of the Human Rights Unit (Manchester & Liverpool)
On the 18th March 2016 the BPP Student Association held their annual ball for students in The Palace Hotel in Manchester. By 7.30pm the venue was full of students and staff dressed to the nines, sporting tuxedos and beautiful gowns and the wine and conversation was flowing.
I was kindly allowed by the organisers to hold a raffle in association with the Manchester Human Rights Unit in order to continue to raise funds for the North West Legal Support Trust. Despite the members of the HRU having this wonderful idea when it came to its execution I struggled to find any help. Four days before the event was due to take place all I had to work with was a bottle of wine donated by Rachael Kirkup my pro bono manager and a Thornton’s chocolate tray donated by my trusted HRU volunteer Sadie -Lee Kirby who has never failed to assist me in fundraising projects throughout the year.
Considering there was already wine on the table, I didn’t think I would have much luck generating any ticket sales. The situation seemed grave and I contemplated cancelling the raffle altogether however raising awareness for the NWLST has been a key goal for the HRU and it seemed unfortunate to let an opportunity slip by so I decided to put my event organising skills to the test.
I took to the streets of Manchester with no avail. It seems walking off the streets and asking for charity donations doesn’t work despite my naive expectations, however I wasn’t deterred and took to the internet in search of assistance.
Anika Morley, Marketing Officer for the Royal Exchange Theatre was the first to respond to my desperate plea for raffle prize contributions. On behalf of the Royal Exchange Theatre she donated 2 tickets to the play called The Night Watch, adapted from the novel written by Sarah Waters, this play follows the story of five Londoners during the second world war, a truly brilliant and compelling story, the show runs until the 18th June, and for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to win at the raffle can book tickets online here:
Manchester United’s Stadium Tour Manager Elaine Alexander then responded with a Tour Pass for a Family of 4 to go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and see the stadium through the eyes of Alex Ferguson himself. To all you football fans who wish to take part and see the theatre of dreams for yourselves you can book tickets online now at:
The Manager of Daytona Manchester Curtis Nicholl also donated an Arrive and Drive experience voucher giving the winner the opportunity to drive a go-cart around Daytona’s brilliant circuit. The Premier Indoor Karting Stadium is situated on Wharfside Way, Trafford Park and tickets can be purchased online:
Finally, Emma Messer on behalf of Laser Quest, Trafford Centre donated 4 vouchers to play. Located in the Dome of the Trafford Centre this is a brilliant prize offering a fun gaming experience and bookings can be made online:
Thanks to the generosity of these four companies and their representatives firstly donating the prizes and secondly to all the students who generously bought tickets on the night we managed to raise £245 for the North West Legal Support Trust, which would mean the HRU project has raised £461 in total this year alone, which is a brilliant achievement and works towards helping vulnerable people have access to justice.