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Strictly theme helps R3 annual dinner raise £3,000

The Southern Committee of R3 took to the dance floor during its annual dinner for the Southern region, raising £3,000 for the Stroke Unit at Southampton General Hospital in the process. 

The committee, which brings together insolvency practitioners from local accountancy, legal and recovery firms, held its dinner at St Mary’s Stadium last week (12 November). 

The Stroke Unit at Southampton General Hospital provides high quality patient care and rapid assessment 24 hours a day. They cater to every part of a patient’s journey from the diagnosis stage through to the rehabilitation stage. R3 raised money for the Southampton Hospital Charity by holding a Strictly Come Dancing style dance competition, where the audience could buy votes for their favourite dancer. Raffle tickets were also available.

Four brave members of the local insolvency community trained for months to become part of the entertainment on the night, which they then performed in front of judges at the dinner. Winner Tracey Bevis of Benson Consulting, whose Samba wowed the judges was also on hand to present the cheque.

Andrew Watling, chairman of the Southern Committee of R3 and a partner at Quantuma in Southampton, and who boosted the fund by taking part in this year’s Great South Run, said: "This year's annual dinner was a huge success, made even better by the amount of money we managed to raise for such an excellent cause. Our volunteer dancers were all fantastic sports and should be proud of the amount of money that they raised. The stroke unit at Southampton General Hospital is close to many of our hearts and we were delighted to present a cheque to them.“

Suzie Simmons, fundraising manager for Southampton Hospital Charity, says, “We are thrilled to have benefitted from an amazing event like this, and the Strictly Come Dancing theme was really exciting. Everyone has put in a lot of time, effort, and money, so thank you.

“Donations and fundraising events like this mean that we can provide added benefits for our stroke patients and their relatives to improve the patient environment and rehabilitation services.”

R3 hosts quarterly meetings throughout the year where members and other professionals can meet and learn more about insolvency and related topics. Events are open to everyone and details can be found on the organisation’s website.

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