Event industry foundation Meeting Needs celebrated their best fund-raising result for eight years at their annual showcase event at the Radisson Blu Bloomsbury last week.

Current year income has topped £150,000 for the first time since 2016, reflecting a return to growth for the industry and the foundation, said chair Chris Parnham, when he welcomed guests including original founding trustees, Peter Rand MBE and Charles Blowfield.

It was an event to connect 110 trustees, founders, donors, fund-raisers, beneficiaries and sponsors, from Axiom for providing the superb venue and hospitality to Cvent for sponsoring the Royal Parks Half Marathon team and Media Mirror, for providing video and photography on the night.

“Our aim is to channel all fundraising activity within the M+IT Industry through Meeting Needs and then award these funds to small charities, loved, championed or supported by colleagues in our industry. Anyone here can help their favourite charity to benefit from a grant. We like to help small charities, the ones who find it so hard to raise funds or awareness, and some of those wonderful charities are in the room tonight,” said Parnham. A further £1460 was raised on the night.

SITE GB, M+IT Awards, GLAM, Beam, Micebook and Greengage received special mentions for their fund-raising efforts and SITE GB were presented with the annual David Hackett Award for Outstanding Contribution by David´s wife Sharon McDonough (3rd from left) and daughter Emma Hackett. Receiving the award on behalf of SITE GB is board director Max Simpkin (left) with Meeting Needs chair Chris Parnham (right).