Start in Salford Great Salfordians Casino Evening charity event

A Great Salfordians Evening in aid of Start in Salford

After initially being involved in promoting Start in Salford, a local charity, in their successful bid for The People’s Millions, Hive Manchester are now helping Start to arrange their first fundraising evening:

We are delighted to announce that in October this year we will be holding a ‘Great Salfordians’ themed evening in aid of Start in Salford Creative Arts and Wellbeing Centre.

Start is an arts based and wellbeing charity, with a dedicated centre in the heart of Salford that supports people with or at risk of experiencing mental health problems and social exclusion through the arts.

Approximately 250 people from the world of sport, music, the arts and business will be attending in support of Start, including a number of celebrities, who were all born in or have strong ties with Salford. The evening will feature numerous live performances, including a set from local legend Peter Hook; speeches from keynote speakers; and casino entertainment. Though guests won’t win cash for playing on the casino tables, the person with the most casino chips at the end of the night will receive a prize that money couldn’t buy. Salford born Harold Riley, the prestigious painter who was friends with L S Lowry, will present the winner of the night with a personal portrait. Riley’s previous works include portraits of Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and George Best, with the lucky winner being added to this list.

Start provides services for nearly every group in Salford, from young people at risk from suffering mental health problems to the over 50s who, without Start in Salford, would have very little provision for their needs. It has been running for over eighteen years, after Salford resident Bernadette Conlon started delivering workshops from the boot of her car to help people with mental health difficulties.

All the money raised at the ‘Great Salfordians’ event will go to the centre, so that it can continue its essential work with people who are all too often ostracised from society.

In the build up to the ‘Great Salfordians’ event, Start is also running an art competition to encourage local creative talent, with a £1,000 cash prize for the winner, as well as two tickets to the evening. If your interested in entering email: [email protected] for more details and an application form.

If you are interesting in attending the evening or getting involved with supporting Start in Salford then please email: [email protected].

For more information visit the website.