In the lead up to the William Syndrome month, hansonlawrie decided to organise a Gala dinner to kick start fundraising ahead of the ‘Share your Heart’ with Williams Syndrome charity month. Hansonlawries co-founder Paul Lawrie has been a dedicated member of the community and has a special connection to the cause as his daughter was diagnosed with this rare genetic condition at a young age.
William Syndrome affects people in the way they interact with others, and is usually characterised by the individuals outgoing, engaging personalities, they tend to be overly nice and empathetic, even to strangers. Danger arises from their friendliness being exploited.
The night was a huge success, the aim was not only to raise funds but also raise awareness of this rare condition. The night enjoyed by 180 people, raised over £10, 700 in funds from ticket sales, raffles, bar sales and auction items.
The night was a success thanks to the generous participation of Paul Lawrie’s network of contacts and clients. Some noteworthy prizes dished out on the night included a weekend in wales that went for £400, a signed West Brom shirt that bagged £300 but the biggest auction sale was to 2 tickets to watch Scotland v New Zealand that went for £575.
A representative from the foundation said “Without the help of those such as Paul who volunteer to fundraise for the Foundation or donate to us, we would not be able to support our population and, given the rarity of the condition, they would have nowhere else to turn.’
The William Syndrome Foundation have been operating in the Solihull community for some years now. Being able to raise £10,700 this year was a massive achievement for us and the William Syndrome Foundation.
Hansonlawrie’s co-founder Paul Lawrie had this to say about that days achievements, “It’s so difficult to be engaging in charitable activities throughout the year so, to organise an event on this scale was a pleasure. The whole team looks forward to our continued alliance in support of such a worthwhile cause. We know that every penny is making a genuine difference and can assure you that it will be a regular part of the Hansonlawries calendar”.
We would like to thank all of the fundraisers and people involved in raising this money and would implore any organisation to do the same for a cause close to their heart. For more information visit www.williams-syndrome.org.uk and if you would like to reach us for collaboration please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.