1 June 2018

Tony Walker CBE DL, MD Toyota London Office, hosts YMCA Derbyshire’s 2018 Ceilidh Dinner Dance and Fundraiser, focused on the theme of ‘Changing Lives’.

On Friday 11 May, 152 guests enjoyed a Scottish-themed evening at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, where more than £13,000 was raised.

YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education staff, along with our Key College catering students and residents, prepared, cooked and served a delicious three-course meal. The starter was either smoked salmon tartlets or roasted vegetable salad, and either Balmoral chicken or mushroom for the main, followed by sweet cranachan for dessert. Talented local musicians, Speed the Plough, provided a fantastic accompaniment during the courses and also soon invited guests to get on their feet and ‘dosey-doe’ around the marquee. Peter Posner OBE, Chairman YMCA Derbyshire and President World YMCA, delighted the audience by joining in with his melodian.

The aim of the annual dance is to raise funds for YMCA Derbyshire’s Changing Lives programme, and to give our young catering students and residents the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Guest Willie Tucker,  Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, remarked, “the meal served by the YMCA  was excellent -they need to be congratulated on their efforts. Again….our thanks for inviting us to such a lovely relaxing evening. We both thoroughly enjoyed it.”

After the meal, an auction took place with guest auctioneer Graham Penny. The auction was well supported raising more than £2,500. Special thanks go to those who donated auction prizes:

• Tony Walker for the Derbyshire Dales Drive experience
• Hilary Disney for the luxury three-night stay
• Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the signed bat
• 3aaa for the four corporate hospitality tickets for the 20/20 Derbyshire cricket match and also the Birmingham or Genting Arena tickets
• YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education team for the Traditional Afternoon Tea
• Derby County Football Club for the signed shirt
• The Butchers Bar and Steakhouse in Long Eaton for the meal for two
• Graham Penny for the Bosch VitaJuice 4 Juicer
• YMCA Derbyshire’s Family Work team for the Y-Kidz Holiday Activity Club places
• YMCA Derbyshire staff member for the six-months supply of ‘princess eggs’

We were delighted by the support we also received from our raffle, which raised nearly £2,000 and was led by Reverend Paul Taylor. Prizes included a falconry experience, cinema vouchers, colour service with cut and finish, and a ‘bibliophile’s night in’. Special thanks go to our supporters; Derby County Football Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Firefly Photographers, Quad Derby, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Holland and Feurtado Salon, Nuffield Health, Sally Montague, Majestic Wines, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Cromford Mills, Boots, Reeds Health Club and Spa, Zanfish, Willow Tree Farm, Anoki, and Tesco.

We are extremely grateful to our event sponsors. Big thank yous go to On Productions for their unrivalled events production, for making the marquee look and feel special, to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for lending their expertise before and during the Ceilidh and for hosting us in their wonderful marquee. Derbyshire Tartan’s support was extremely generous in working with our young people during weekly sewing clubs to create individual coasters for each table, as well as the ribbon to adorn the rosemary table pieces.

During the evening, one of our young people, Drew, bravely shared his journey with guests through a Q+A with our CEO Gillian. Below is Drew’s story that was included in the Ceilidh programme:


We give sincere thanks to Tony Walker CBE DL, for hosting our Ceilidh. The money raised will go towards our Changing Lives programme and will make a huge difference to the support and positive activities we can provide to the young people we support this coming year. Please find below a selection of photos from this year’s event, thank you to everyone who shared in the evening with us.