ITM North Region raise over £6,500 for HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust

Updated: 01-12-2011

On Friday 25th November, The Lowry hotel in Manchester took 200 guests back in time to the romance of Humphrey and Ingrid in the classic wartime movie, Casablanca!

Members of the Institute of Travel & Meetings, the local business community and the nominated charity were treated to champagne cocktails and brandy in Ricks Café Americain along with the casino before a stunning dinner with live entertainment with music from the film's famous sound track.

The nominated charity, HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust, who take children with disabilities, social and emotional needs to Lourdes in the South of France raised over £6,500 on the evening, a record for this annual gala dinner.

During the event guests were informed of two events taking place in Manchester in 2012, on January 16th there will be a buyers' forum and in May ITM will be bringing the annual conference back to the city for the first time since 2006, which was greeted with great enthusiasm.

"The atmosphere of the event was perfect; it was formal yet very relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable. To raise so much money is absolutely incredible and we must pay tribute to our sponsors Qatar Airways, ABC Connection, Manchester Airport, SACO, Marriott Worsley Park and of course The Lowry hotel" said Danny Cockton who works as part of the ITM North team, he continued "we're very excited to be holding the event at another prestigious venue next year, The Marriott Worsley Park who have been incredibly supportive as all our venues have been. The event has become very popular and again we had 200 guests present. Not only was it a great night and networking opportunity but we've also raised enough money to send 8 young people to Lourdes and I know that they will have a wonderful time and a life changing experience - a great achievement and everyone who attended should be very proud."

For more details on the ITM North Buyers Forum please visit the ITM Events Calendar, or to book your place, please contact Harriet Holmes.


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