FESTIVE FLOWERS AND EVENTS hosted their inaugural charity fundraising event, ‘Festival at The Florist, on Friday at the recently opened venue on Hardman. The Florist was voted one of the countries ‘most instagrammable bars and restaurants’, but the skilled Festive Flowers and events team further transformed the venue into the perfect setting for the Festival themed charity lunch in aid of THE CHRISTMAS FOUNDATION. A huge floral ‘Kissing Arch’ greeted guests along with stunning flower displays in wellies and festival headgear for photographs. Glitter face-painting was provided by ‘Face the Strange’ and floral table settings were festooned with mini-festival flags and pompoms.
The fun-filled event was hosted by Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo and entertainment provided by sets from The Voice UK’s Hollie Ellison and the sensational soulful sound of Dixie Daye. After a drinks reception and a sumptuous three-course lunch, guests enjoyed fantastic sets from DJ’s Lee Butler, DJ Ricco and Jake Edwards.
A raffle and an auction raised much-needed funds for The Christmas Foundation and included signed memorabilia, a Boodles necklace, Creamfields Festival Packages and a Spa Day. ‘Festival at The Florist’ was hosted in conjunction with Radio City’s Cash for Kids and Carolyn Hughes PR.
Paul Lally, Managing Director of Festive Flowers and Events, said “The Christmas Foundation was set up by my wife Vicky and I to ensure that as many disadvantaged and disabled children as possible experience the magic of Christmas. Last year we hosted a party for 500 children and we are hoping to do the same this year. Seeing the smiles on the faces of those who are less fortunate, at what should be a special time for everyone, is worth all of the hard work that has gone into this event. We are grateful to those who came along, gave their time and supported the raffle and auction “