Wimbledon event serves up £300 boost for charity

A Wimbledon-themed networking event for child care professionals raised £305 for Bromleys’ chosen charity of the year, The Anthony Seddon Fund.

The event, held in the Neon Lounge at Artisan in Spinningfields, Manchester, attracted more than 50 people, including barristers, solicitors, clerks and guardians.

Bromleys stages the networking event each year, with drinks and canapés and a raffle.

Guests also took part in a Wimbledon sweepstake, with prizes on offer for those who drew the eventual winners of the men’s singles and the women’s singles tournaments.

The raffle proceeds will go to The Anthony Seddon Fund, which supports people with mental health problems.

The donated prizes included two tickets to see Manchester United’s first home game of next season against West Ham United, hampers, a Mary Howarth Beauty Culture spa voucher, tickets to watch greyhound racing at Belle Vue Stadium, wines and restaurant meals.

Anthony, who lived in Ashton-under-Lyne, took his own life in 2013 at the age of 30 after a 12-year battle with bipolar disorder. His family set up the charity in his memory to raise money to improve the quality of life of people with mental illness and their relatives, friends and carers.

Bromleys’ specialist child care team advises on all matters involving children, including residence and contact disputes, child abduction, care proceedings and special guardianship orders.

Bromleys’ Olivia Bell said: “The function was well-attended and everyone enjoyed themselves. It raised money for a great cause as well as giving our guests the opportunity for some networking with other professionals.

“We are also grateful to all the businesses which supported the event by donating raffle prizes.”