‘A Week for Chai’ Fundraising Events raise £7,000 for Chai in the North West


Last week, Chai appealed to the North Manchester, South Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds communities to take part in ‘A Week for Chai’, a week long fundraising initiative asking people to host an event in aid of Chai Cancer Care.

From the 14th to the 21st of May, Chai supporters from all over the North-West raised much needed awareness and funds for Chai, whether it was a BBQ, Football tournament, Bake Sale, Coffee morning - ‘Whatever they did…They did it for Chai’.

‘A Walk in the Park’ kicked off the week with hundreds of purple balloons being released into the sky at St Mary’s Park, Prestwich on Sunday 14th May. More than 250 people attended the event, hosted by ‘Forever Chai’ Committee members; Jilly Berens, Gemma Berger, Jakki Friedman, Rachel Harris, Sophie Warner, Tash Winburn. The afternoon raised an incredible £2,100.

Chai’s wonderful support in the North-West started from as young as 5 and 6 years old, with Broughton Jewish pupils; Yoel Levine, Shaya Levine, Zak Maslin, Jacob Maslin and Rebecca Maslin, who organised an ice cream stall in Salford on the 17th of May, raising over £430. The young superstars even made the cones themselves!

Over 30 people attended an Afternoon Tea, hosted by Evelyn Yaffe and Betty Goldwater. The event took place in Prestwich and raised £200.

On Wednesday the17th May, Lisa Cohen-Binder and Amanda Adshead hosted a BBQ and Fizz Night, raising over £750.

On Friday 19th May, Clare Spieler, Jane Mechlowitz, Michal Mocton and Michelle Deacon, hosted a coffee morning in Salford, raising in excess of £2,000.

Rachel Harris hosted a desserts and drinks evening entitled ‘Chai Night’ for 20 guests at her home in Whitefield, raising over £200.

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager, said: “We are overwhelmed by the incredible amount of support from enthusiastic and committed individuals and groups who chose to raise awareness and funds for Chai. From all the positive feedback we have had, we are hoping that this is going to be the start of something big and become an annual event.”