Charity Opera Dinner at The Ship Inn, Handbridge

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Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer who need a blood stem cell, or bone marrow transplant. In 1974, Anthony Nolan’s mother, Shirley, set up the world’s first bone marrow register to match donors with people who desperately needed a transplant.

Now, every day, this incredibly important charity helps two people in need of a lifesaving transplant by using our register to find remarkable donors who have matching stem cells, or bone marrow.

Last Sunday evening (11th November), The Ship Inn hosted a fabulous Evening of Opera and Dinner in aid of Anthony Nolan. This is a particularly special cause very close to the heart of The Ship’s proprietors Sally & Davin Harris, as Sally’s sister Amy Smythe lost a very dear friend, Jaqueline, to this ruthless disease.

So to celebrate Jaqueline’s life and raise much needed funds, the family decided to invite friends and regulars to a wonderful celebration with a delicious three course dinner prepared by Chef Garret Forsey and his brigade; Amy’s husband Michael Smythe (Baritone) and Katherine Moore (Soprano) were perfectly accompanied by pianist John Shirley, who together wowed the guests with their incredible performances.

As a result of this spectacular evening, The Ship raised a staggering £1500 for Anthony Nolan on the night…

This magical event took place in The Ship’s stunning and newly refurbished Spinnaker Restaurant. This is a wonderfully quirky and eccentric space complete with open fire, flying ducks and one or two Stags heads! The new Restaurant is well worth a visit and Chef Garret and his team would be delighted to cook some fabulous food for you.


Press contact: Izzy Grey