Saturday night’s Gala Dinner at the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) All Industry Conference promises to be a feast of fun and fundraising.

With prizes galore on offer, the evening aims to raise a record sum for two extremely worthwhile charities – Variety, the Children’s Charity; and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Variety, the official charity of the evening’s main sponsor, the Crystal Clear Group, helps disadvantaged children by providing equipment that improves their quality of life.

The Teenage Cancer Trust, which is the BMF’s charity of the year, provides expert support so that every young person with cancer gets the care they deserve.

There will be a range of amazing prizes to suit all interests, from exclusive holidays to luxury dining experiences, VIP sporting and concert access, as well as a wide selection of memorabilia and art.

One lucky winner will even drive away in a brand new limited edition Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo, valued at £20,000! This Star Prize, donated by Crystal, will be the subject of an auction hosted by one of Britain’s best impressionists, Jon Culshaw.

He first made international headlines in 1998 by calling the switchboard of No10 Downing Street and fooling the operators with his impression of William Hague. A man with 350 voices, he could just as easily run the auction as Boris Johnson, Michael McIntyre, Professor Brian Cox or Barrack Obama.

Mr Culshaw, whose TV credits include Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, Newzoids and the BBC’s The Impressions Show, has a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations, so we are not yet certain, which of his many characters will be in charge of the proceedings.

One thing is for sure, this will be an evening like no other at the BMF All Industry Conference.

Cash bar available from 10.30pm

Please note only local currency (HUF) will be accepted or card payments.

One lucky winner will receive a brand new Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo car worth £20,000!

Supporting Disadvantaged Children

All over the UK there are children who have to cope with sickness, disability or disadvantage. Variety provides practical, tangible help that makes an immediate difference to those children and their families.

The charity provides coaches and bespoke wheelchairs, specialist, sensory and recreational equipment for use in the home, school, children’s hospitals and youth centres. By doing so, they provide so much more. A wheelchair doesn’t just provide mobility, it lets the child ‘join in’ with the other kids. Providing a special-needs school with a Sunshine Coach gives its pupils access to a much wider range of activities and experiences.

The charity also creates memorable experiences through its Great Days Out programme. For a disadvantaged child, a day at the seaside becomes a cherished childhood memory. Each year, Variety takes tens of thousands of children on great days out.

Martin Randall, chairman of the Crystal Clear Group, said: “I was honoured to be asked by Variety to become a patron. Variety is a special charity with incredibly inspiring people. I believe business today has a responsibility to be part of the community where we are based and to work with charities to make a difference to the lives of young people in the towns and cities in which we operate.

“We are delighted that Jon Culshaw (another big Variety supporter) has agreed to help Crystal at the BMF Gala Dinner to raise valuable funds for both charities. Please support our fundraising and dig deep!”

Fundraising for TCT

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’

The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. They create world-class cancer services for young people in the UK, providing life-changing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone.

TCT understands that having cancer at a young age comes with its own particular set of challenges. Their services put the needs of young people first and allow them to face those challenges together. For example, their specialist units bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts.

Together with young people and their families, TCT staff and volunteers are dedicated to making cancer journeys more bearable.

“The Teenage Cancer Trust, our charity partner for 2017, is looking to provide many more TCT nurses across the country to help them reach young people with cancer, no matter where they live,” said John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchant Federation.

“BMF members always contribute generously to our charity fundraising and in past years we have been proud to hand over significant sums. Let’s make this Gala Dinner a night to remember for two very special charities.”