The first in what is to become a series of Ladies Lunches took place yesterday at Thornton Hall Hotel’s lovely Lawns Restaurant.
Fifty ladies from across Wirral and from all walks of life got together for a leisurely three course lunch and to hear more about the Appeal from Co-ordinator Marie Stacey.
Excellent entertainment was provided by 10 pupils of Wirral Grammar School for Boys and one from Wirral Grammar School for girls who, led by Head of Music Peter Snowdon, put on a short programme of music comprising a clarinet trio, vocal duet and flute quartet.
After the meal, Marie gave a brief talk on her own experience of being told her sight was in danger, and of the sight-saving treatment she has received from the Eye Team at Arrowe Park Hospital.
The event raised £400 – with many of the ladies offering to organise a fundraising event in aid of the appeal.
Said Marie: ‘ It was a lovely, relaxed occasion which everyone seemed to really enjoy. The Meals on Heels events are meant to be a leisurely, enjoyable and affordable way for ladies from all sorts of different backgrounds to get together. They aren’t a ‘hard sell’ at all; we are happy to earn a bit for the appeal from every ticket we sell, and it is up to the individual if they want to go on and do more to help.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who came along to this first ‘Meals on Heels’, and for the many generous offers of support for the appeal.
‘Being told you may lose your sight is terrifying, and of course losing your sight is a huge personal catastrophe. But it is not life-threatening – and that makes it much harder to get people involved, especially when there are so many other good causes in need of support.
‘Although children can have sight problems, and the money we are raising will certainly help them, serious sight problems become especially common the older we get… Wirral has a large proportion of older people living here, and sight loss is a much greater problem in Wirral than most realise.
‘We can’t raise the £150,000 we urgently need without a lot of support, and the wonderful offers of help from the Ladies Lunch have been such a boost. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported it.’
• If you would like to come to a future ‘Meals on Heels’ ladies lunch, alone or with a group of friends, please get in touch with Marie for details of the next one – firstname.lastname@example.org