CAFT 30th Anniversary Ball

CAFT Celebrates 30 Years of Making a Difference

On 3rd December 2022 at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, CAFT held their annual Christmas Ball in celebration of 30 years since its doors opened to the first 200 children for a holiday.

After a challenging few years for everybody, it was such a pleasure to welcome 350 guests to the Ball who helped to raise a total of £88,000 thanks to their amazing generosity. This incredible amount raised will help us continue to provide much needed day visits and short breaks to our site for children living challenging lives across the North-West.

Following a sparkling drinks reception, host Andy Ashworth began the evening with a rendition of 12 Days of Christmas that got everyone on their feet singing along!

Guests enjoyed a delicious 4 course dinner whilst the exciting night of fundraising kicked off. With several Raffles, Live Auction and Silent Auction, there were a variety of amazing prizes up for grabs from Peter Kay Tour tickets, to a signed Muhammad Ali robe to holidays to Crete, Portugal and Thailand.

CAFT Patrons Joe & Amy Grundy, Curtis & Emma Jobling and Cat Kingston joined Andy Ashworth to draw the Raffle winners and present their prizes. The Diamond Raffle saw one lucky winner walk away with a stunning diamond necklace worth £2995, kindly donated by longstanding CAFT supporters Randall’s of Altrincham who also joined us on the night and presented the prize.

Guests also had the chance to sponsor a family break to CAFT through joining our Wonderwall which will be created at CAFT in the New Year to feature each sponsor’s name and messages.

The highlight of the night though, was a special guest performance from CAFT Patron Jason Manford who treated guests to a stand-up set followed by a sing along to his recently launched assembly bangers!

The night finished with guests dancing until the early hours to live music from The Deadbeats, followed by DJ Peter Scotson.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped bring the night together and to all the fabulous guests for their generosity and kindness on the night!

A special thank you to the following:

Main Sponsors: CorpAcq
Event Programme Sponsor: UKOS
Diamond Raffle Sponsor: Randalls of Altrincham
CAFT 30 T-Shirt Sponsor: Plan A
Table Gifts Sponsor: Next Plc
Event Programme Advert Sponsors: Roberts Bakery, Insurewise
Official Photographer – Andrew Collier
Special Guest Performance – Jason Manford
Hospitality – The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Audio, Visual, Lighting and Props – iCatching Events
The Band – The Deadbeats
The Host – Andy Ashworth
The DJ – Peter Scotson
CAFT Patrons & Trustee’s
Our wonderful Volunteers & CAFT Crew
All of the amazing and generous prize donors

Here’s to another great year at CAFT!

We have many more exciting events coming up at CAFT in the New Year. If you’d like to join us for next year’s Christmas Ball, you can secure your place now on the early bird rate of £85 by booking by the end of January 2023. For more information, please contact


Thank you to Experience Days for their donation: