The SMA Trust held their first fund-raising dinner on 3rd November this year at Chelsea FC. The purpose of the evening was to celebrate all the great achievements that people have accomplished this year, in order to raise money for us. One year previously a number of children with SMA had announced that they were going to challenge themselves to a tough and physical test or a MAD Challenge. Some covered miles of inhospitable terrain in their wheelchairs, whilst one brave teenager covered 120 miles in a horse and trap. They then challenged others to follow their example and embark on their own MAD Challenge. People took them at their word and hence our evening of celebration.
The venue was chosen for its novelty factor and proved very popular with the football fans who were given access to the floodlit pitch! A large area underneath the stands was transformed into an exquisite, elegant party space and the guests were treated to champagne and a delicious dinner. The BBC Presenter Emily Maitlis very kindly hosted the whole evening and interviewed some of the SMA Children about their challenges. With wit and charm the teenagers allowed us into their world, explaining what it is like to live life confined to a wheelchair, but also demonstrating their grit and determination to achieve great things despite their disability.
Our patrons Keira Knightley and David Morrissey, juggled hectic schedules to be there and we were hugely appreciative of their support, whilst Alistair McGowan entertained the throng with his unique humour and impersonations. The evening finished with a highly competitive auction and the guests departed, feeling entertained but also somewhat wiser.
The SMA Trust would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this evening such an enormous success, in particular Tim Sheffield, the Chairman of the Committee and Atom Events who provided the expertise and flair to make this such a professional and enjoyable event.
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