The food was delicious, and the company was warm and welcoming - especially considering we had met no-one other than Rebecca Widdowson from HallmarkHulme, and Mike Henley the photographer prior to the evening!
My speech (I think) went down well. It's always a challenge to pitch the correct mixture of sorrow and mirth, and to avoid boring people to death with the challenges of the Channel. I like to think I found the correct line.
Generous contributions were made towards my swim attempt, and all in all we collected a fantastic £1315 - all of which goes directly to Acorns (and has already been added to my JustGiving page).
Furthermore, I'm quietly hopeful that Rebecca may have helped me secure the final sponsorship amount I need in order to ratify the whole challenge. More details to follow on this!
On behalf of Esta, myself and Acorns, I'd like to say a very warm and heartfelt thank you to Ross and the entire group of Chartered Accountants for a splendid evening, and such generous donations.