To launch the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the British Liver Trust held a special event at the House of Lords today. The beautiful venue gave a real sense of occasion and there was a great atmosphere driven by a tangible buzz of excitement among our guests.
We had around 50 people in the room, many of whom we have only met on email before, so it was lovely to meet so many supporters face to face. As a national charity based in Bournemouth, we were also thrilled that the Mayor of Bournemouth, Mayor Councillor Susan Phillips, and Councillor Jane Kelly, attended to show their support.
All our guests were particularly impressed by our patient representatives, Beth and Roger, who bravely shared their personal experiences of liver disease with the audience. Their stories impacted all as they talked about the realities of being diagnosed with a liver condition, how it’s changed their life and the importance of awareness and support for people living with or at-risk of liver disease.
We heard from Wim Bushell, Chairman of Trustees at the British Liver Trust, who welcomed everyone and thanked Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and Alistair King for allowing us to hold the event at the House of Lords.
Our chief executive, Pamela Healy, spoke about the work that we do at the British Liver Trust. Pamela also let attendees know that we are one of the chosen charities for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019. From 3rd to 10th December, every donation made to us via the Big Give website will be matched. As a result, over £1,000 was pledged on the day which is worth over £2,000.
You can also double a donation by visiting the Big Give website before midday on Tuesday 10th December. Thank you.