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Manchester, 18 November 2015Regional charities benefit from strong support at Manchester Institute annual dinner

More than £10,000 raised for charity at CII dinner

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With more than £10,000 raised for charity on the night and 750 guests in attendance, the Insurance Institute of Manchester’s annual dinner on Friday was an undeniable success, much to the delight of IIM President and Arthur J. Gallagher colleague Fintan Griffin.

Guest speaker Cameron Murray, Head of UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa for Lloyd’s of London spoke on the importance of attracting and recruiting talent into the industry, while comedian and ‘Lancashire legend’ Dave Spikey of Phoenix Nights fame proved a hit with the crowded room with his recognisable brand of wry humour.

Staying with the Manchester theme, Fintan — Strategic Account Manager with Compass, the UK networks division of Arthur J. Gallagher, by day — and his fellow IIM committee members gave a nod to the city’s infamous 90s club with a Hacienda-style disco and Indie band playing hits from the likes of Oasis, James and Stone Roses to entertain the masses until the early hours, and all for a great cause.

The thousands of pounds raised on the night will help support industry trust The Insurance Charities as well as two local charities — Stockport-based Jump Space which provides specialist trampolining, rebound therapy and active/sensory play to children and young people with disabilities, and Leisure for Autism, which provides stimulating and structured playscheme activities for children with autism across Greater Manchester.

“Securing such strong support and high attendance — with guest numbers making it the largest CII dinner outside London — proves our regional and local insurance institutes are well and truly alive and kicking,” said Fintan. “Events like this reflect the diverse and dynamic nature of our industry right across the UK, and the more people engage in the life of their local institute, the more they’ll get out of their professional membership.

“We’re overwhelmed to have raised so much on the night for such deserving charities, and it was also great to see a good number of Compass colleagues, members and providers on the night as well as so many Arthur J. Gallagher team members from across the North West.”

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