On 1st November 2018, our City of Champions gala dinner welcomed a star-studded guest list to the Midland Hotel, to acknowledge and celebrate the success of Manchester in sport, business and beyond. Organised by four time Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist, Diane Modahl MBE, in partnership with Manchester City Council, the night saw 370 guests from businesses sat side by side with sporting champions to support an important cause; the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF).

Between them, these legends, including double Olympic gold medallist, Col. Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, British Featherweight boxer Scott Quigg, Invictus Games participant Andy Grant and South African International Quinton Fortune held every sport accolade imaginable, meaning that guests were treated to a night of inspiration.

Amongst these stars were our three inductees into the 2018 City of Champions hall of fame; David Gill, former CEO of Manchester United FC, UEFA Executive Committee Member & the FIFA Vice President, Beth Tweddle MBE, retired GB Olympic gymnast and Bugzy Malone, Manchester born grime rapper one of the most successful independent artists in the UK.

On accepting his award Bugzy said; “Receiving the inaugural Inspired award is extremely important to me. The fact that my home town has recognised me for doing the unthinkable means a lot. To me this is ground breaking. I’m a believer in accolades that actually matter – to me this is one of them”.

Host BBC broadcaster Will Perry brilliantly navigated all three inductees through a Q&A session as well as introducing our guests to the stage, which included Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester and Councillor Luthfur Rahman Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure.   Sky TV presenter Pete Graves took to the stage to lead a live auction and guests watched videos that captured the essence of the work delivered by the team at DMSF. We saw leaders in business, guests, supporters, partners, DMSF coaches, parents and volunteers come together to support and celebrate the important work that is being done across Manchester for marginalised young people seeking an opportunity to find a sense of purpose.

Through the lavish live auction donations, the silent auction items and generous monetary donations received on the night, we were able to raise a grand total of £38,500. The money will go straight to those who need it most, the disadvantaged young people that are already accessing our programmes alongside those who we haven’t yet reached.

You can also see a video from the night here!

Image credit (from left to right): Quinton Fortune, David Gill, Kelly Holmes, Beth Tweddle, Bugzy Malone, Cllr Luthfur Rahman