Members of Manchester’s corporate and food and drink scene got in the festive spirit on Wednesday evening at the Pot Kettle Black Christmas Event. In addition to showcasing the space for holiday parties and private events, owners Mark Flanagan and Jon Wilkin (St Helens RFC) launched #PKBelieve, a campaign in support of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. As guests arrived to the Barton Arcade venue, they were offered a variety of festive cocktails created by international bar consultant, Jamie Jones. After spending time at Alder Hey as a child, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to design a menu for the event. Guests were also able to indulge in a selection of fine wine graciously donated by Rodney Demson Wines.
“I hold a very special place in my heart for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be a part of #PKBelieve as it is a chance to give something back to the people who took such good care of me as a child.’’
– Jamie Jones
Founded in 1914, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is now the largest in Europe. Specialising in Oncology and Muscular Dystrophy as well as spinal, heart and brain conditions, the hospital cares for over 270,000 children, young people and their families. #PKBelieve, will officially commence on October 5th and run throughout the holiday season. Residents of Greater Manchester will be able to drop off gifts at several venues across the city centre which will go directly to the children at Alder Hey.
“It can’t be easy spending Christmas in the hospital… Jon and I see the struggles these kids have to overcome year after year and we feel privileged to be able to work with Alder Hey to help put smiles on their faces.”
– Mark Flanagan
Following a few words from guest of honour, Richard Mathias (Joint Chairman, Alder Hey Charity), about his personal involvement and experience with the hospital, Jon and Mark presented raffle prizes supplied by local businesses (JIM BAG, El Capo, Beef & Pudding, Tariff & Dale, Cane & Grain, Barber Barber, Beauty & Bubbles and Deliveroo), some who have also offered up their venues as gift drop points for the campaign.
“We are delighted that the PKB team have chosen to support Alder Hey. Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan have long been supporters of our charity. The money raised will go towards lifesaving equipment for the children we treat. We are extremely grateful to the staff and customers of PKB for their wonderful support. The gift drive will also provide presents for those children who will be in hospital over Christmas, and this makes such a difference to their happiness.”
– Richard Mathias