Western Branch Christmas Party

Thank you very much to everyone who came to the IAS Christmas party on Friday. We hope you all enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did.

We were slightly down on numbers compared to previous years, but I’m delighted to confirm that we managed to raise a record £6,616 for The Malcolm Gunter Foundation.

Thank you all for your generosity on the day, and as a committee we really appreciate your efforts chasing down donations from clients and friends of the IAS, which is essential for raising funds for such a great cause.

As a reminder of how the monies raised by the IAS has allowed The Malcolm Gunter Foundation to help those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, John Sisman, one of the Trustees kindly provided me with the following update: -

“The Trustees of The Malcolm Gunter Foundation were so delighted when the IAS nominated the Foundation to benefit from the Christmas Raffle and Auction again this year and in memory of our dear and beloved friend Malcolm.  

It is once again evidence of the high regard in which Malcolm was held by all that knew him both professionally and personally but also reflects the kindness and compassion of your members. Please pass on our sincerest thanks to your all.

We are very grateful for the continued support for the Foundation from so many of Malcolm’s friends, family and colleagues and rest assured that the money (now well over £150,000) raised will go directly to those who need it most as they battle against the effects of this cruel and relentless disease

We have formalised a partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association to provide a structured program of respite care and Life Improvement Grants both for plwMND (People living with MND) themselves and their families and so far have provided assistance to over 25 people and their families in and around Bristol including home adaptations, mobility support, respite care and specialist communication equipment. This will continue for the foreseeable future and help to maintain Malcolm’s extraordinary legacy."