The three ladies collectively known as “The Vixens” have been doing ladies lunches in Manchester City Centre since 2012 in aid of Variety and the events are always sold out within hours!

Everyone seated at the Ladies Lunch

The day started with a prosecco reception on arrival, a two-course meal, and each lady received a beautiful goody bag sponsored by Michael Josephson MBE and RoC skincare, plus a nice treat of a bar of Galaxy chocolate was added to each bag. 

A fashion show model

The day consisted of fabulous entertainment from the incredible soul singer Joe Speare, and a wonderful fashion show and hosted by radio personality David Dockerty who kept everyone entertained.

Joe Speare and David Dockerty

The vixens invited along Natalie Deasey – Assistant Head Teacher at Chatsworth special needs school in Salford, and two of her pupils, Daniel and Lewis, to talk about how fundraising for Variety impacts the pupils and families of the school. 

A letter from Martha

Daniel read out a letter addressed to Lyn Staunton from a little girl named “Martha” who wrote to say that over the Easter Holidays, she and her friend sold cookies and lemon and limeade and raised £3. Martha donated the money to Variety.  Daniel asked for a round of applause for this.

Natalie Deasey, Paula Castle, Fiona Parkinson, Lewis, Daniel, and Jo Booth with raffle buckets

Fundraising on the day was from a raffle, and auction which was a great success and raised £8,850. Paula Fiona and Jo all thanked the ladies and sponsors for supporting them on the day.

Ladies Lunch table board

Special thanks to the below:

FRP Advisory, Grant Thornton, Leonard Curtis, Cerberus Group, Close Brothers, David Dockerty, Manchester Hall, Suka Boutique, Kroll, Aimee Willow Connex, Addleshaw Goddard, PMD, Karina Jadhav, Michael Josephson MBE, RoC Skincare, Joe Speare, Natalie Deasey, Daniel and Lewis, Kate Foster, Re:vert Retreats, Sarah Gaskin, Jade Roberts, Laura Thompson. 

Lewis, Assistant head teacher Chatsworth school Salford Natalie Deasey, and Daniel