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Crystal donates star prize to drive fundraising at BMF Gala Dinner

The Builders Merchants Federation is arranging a very special Gala Dinner to conclude the BMF All Industry Conference in Budapest in June.

Crystal donates star prize.
Crystal donates star prize.


In conjunction with the evening’s main sponsor, the Crystal Clear Group, the BMF is aiming to raise a record sum for Variety, the Children’s Charity, the official charity of the Crystal Clear Group, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.


The Conference Gala Dinner will be a feast of fun and fundraising with prizes to suit all interests. One lucky winner will even drive away in a brand new limited edition Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo, valued at £20,000!  This “star prize”, donated by Crystal, will be the subject of an auction hosted by one of Britain’s best impressionists, Jon Culshaw.


Culshaw, whose TV credits include Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, Newzoids and the BBC’s The Impressions Show, has a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations, so we are not yet certain, which of his many characters will be in charge of the proceedings.


Martin Randall, Crystal Clear Group chairman and Variety patron said: “We are delighted that Jon Culshaw, who has strong links with Variety, has agreed to help Crystal at the BMF Gala Dinner to raise valuable funds for both charities.


“Variety is a special charity with incredibly inspiring people who work to support disadvantage children throughout the UK and I was honoured to be invited to become a patron.  I believe business today has a responsibility to be part of the community in which it is based and to work with charities to make a difference to the lives of the people who live there.”


BMF MD, John Newcomb added: “BMF members always contribute generously to our charity fundraising and in past years we have been proud to hand over significant sums. The Teenage Cancer Trust, our charity partner for 2017, is looking to provide many more TCT nurses across the country. I would like to thank the Crystal Clear Group for their support in creating a memorable Conference Gala Dinner that I’m sure will raise a record amount for TCT and Variety, two very special charities.”


The BMF All Industry Conference takes place in Budapest from 15 to 18 June 2017 at the five star Intercontinental Hotel.  Broadcaster and TV personality, Gethin Jones, will host the event, which has already sold out.  Further details are available on the Conference website, www.bmfconference.co.uk

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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