For the second year running, leaders in live communications and experiences, Make Events were due to produce the Strictly Seashell Ball for the Seashell Trust this Saturday.
With lockdown and restrictions ongoing Seashell and Make Events have been forced to postpone, however have decided the show must go on, but in a very different way.
To mark the occasion and still provide an opportunity to raise vital funds for the trust, whilst also offering a source of entertainment for the 400 guests who were looking forward to attending, Make Events and Gethin Jones; whose own nephew has Autism, have come together to put on a virtual Lockdown Quiz event on Saturday 16th May 2020.
Seashell Trust is a national charity supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. They provide education and care, from 2 – 25 years, at the outstanding school and college and through short breaks services.
Whilst Gethin will host the Strictly Seashell Lockdown Quiz from his pad in Manchester; Make Events will be running the virtual experience behind the scenes!
Rachel McCrystal, Senior Manager – Transforming Lives Appeal at Seashell Trust said: “We are over the moon to have the support of Make Events and Gethin Jones who are both fantastic supporters of Seashell Trust and who are joining forces once again to raise much needed funds for the most profoundly disabled children and young people living in our community’
Since November 2019 the North West business leaders including Make Events own CEO Holly Moore have been learning to ballroom dance at Cadman’s Dance Academy in Sale. They were due to show off their new talents at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hosted by Gethin Jones himself.
Holly Moore CEO of Make Events said: “At first being able to support a charity event at this time when we are in one of the worst hit industries seemed impossible, but the more I talked to the trust the more I could see how much they needed our help. We have been working on virtual event experience offering and are able offer the technology required.”
Gethin who has been hosting the One Show during Lockdown with fellow Welsh TV presenter Alex Jones stated: “I am delighted to be able to support the Seashell Trust during this difficult time. I was looking forward to hosting the annual Strictly event, but this will be the next best thing! It’s going to be strange to get the black tie on, just to walk to my laptop in the lounge!”.