9 October 2019

Helen Salloway, Owner of Seven Restaurant and White Hart, hosted YMCA Derbyshire’s 2019 Ceilidh on Friday 4 October, which this year focused on fundraising for our Changing Lives Fund.

YMCA Derbyshire’s Training and Education staff, along with our YMCA Key College students and residents, prepared, cooked and served a delicious three-course meal. The starter was either smoked salmon tartlets or roasted vegetable skewers, alongside either chicken Balmoral or mushroom wellington for the main, followed by cranachan cheesecake 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 to ‘dosey-doe’ around the marquee.

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 Helen Wathall MBE, Managing Director of Wathall’s, remarked, Thoroughly enjoyed the Ceilidh 2019, the food was amazing and the YMCA tables team were so committed to delivering our food. It was very humbling to be enjoying myself whilst young adults who may possibly be struggling in their lives served us. I will never forget that.”

Liz Fothergill, Founder of the Ceilidh and past High Sheriff who also attended the event, commented, The YMCA Derbyshire Ceilidh keeps getting better and better, and this year it was the best yet. The quality of the food could match any restaurant I have ever been to!”

CEO of YMCA Burton, Paul Laffey, also told us what an enjoyable time he had, commenting, “Fabulous evening, and great fundraising. Well done to everyone involved.”

After the meal, an auction took place with guest auctioneer Steve Salloway. The auction was well supported raising more than £6,500. A raffle followed shortly afterwards raising over £2,000. Special thanks go to those who donated auction and raffle prizes and those who donated.

We are extremely grateful to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for hosting us in their wonderful marquee. 

During the evening, a film of one of our former learners, Ben, was shown to explain a bit about his experience with YMCA Derbyshire and how his life has drastically changed since he began his journey with us. It was incredible to understand first-hand how Ben worked closely with our Training and Education team to turn his life around.

We give sincere thanks to Helen Salloway, for hosting our Ceilidh. The money raised will go towards our Changing Lives Fund 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.