“The Charity” (as the Dalglish family affectionately call it) hopes to announce some exciting new projects this Spring once initial discussions are formalised. Their fundraising efforts will continue to support the expansion of the services offered at Larks, the breast cancer support centre that Marina founded with her daughter Lauren in 2016. Larks already provides invaluable emotional support as well as holistic and beauty treatments and counselling to women on Merseyside.
The MDA Ball returned to Knowsley Hall again where guests were greeted by an accordionist and violinist before being entertained for the evening by the inimitable Swan Band who flew in from Geneva for the event. Britain’s best speed painter, Dave Sharp, captivated guests with his live portraits of Sir Kenny and current Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp.
Sir Kenny added: “Marina and I are always blown away by the magnificent generosity and commitment of our guests who continue to donate both time and money to “The Charity”.
“We would like to thank every single person who helped to make this year’s Ball a great success. Some people have commented that it was the ‘best ever’ and we are very proud of our daughter, Lauren, who pulled everything together. We always say that the pressure is on for her to top it again next year – and she’s yet to fail us!”
After being welcomed by Sir Kenny, 390 guests were treated to a delicious Venetian-inspired three-course meal prepared by Knowsley’s Head Chef, Paul Macnish, followed by pizza at midnight, before guests partied until the wee hours.
MC and Auctioneer Jonny Gould raised over £300,000 from the auction prizes which included joining Sir Kenny for the last game of the season at Anfield, a meet and greet with Lewis Capaldi and a chance to play at Melwood before LFC close the doors to the illustrious training ground this summer. The incredible raffle prizes were generously donated by companies including Springbank, PAD Lifestyle and ZenithArt. The first prize, a £4,000 rose gold and diamond Be Boodles pendant was again donated by long-time MDA supporters Boodles.
Fundraising through the Raffle and Auction was carried out on behalf of the MDA by the Dalglishes’ middle daughter Lynsey, and eldest daughter Kelly arrived in time to draw the raffle after finishing her TV duties for Sky Sports. The girls were supported by former patients, staff and volunteers from The Marina Dalglish Centre at Aintree Hospital and Larks who kindly gave up their time to support the charity.
For more information about the charity and how you can donate visit www.themarinadalglishappeal.org