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The Yabba Dabba Doo 2019

7TH ANNUAL YABBA DABBA DOO RAISES £65,000 FOR THE CHRISTIE

This spectacular fundraising event saw an incredible £65,000 raised to fund the redevelopment of the Radiology / CT Department at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Held on Saturday 9th November, the seventh annual Yabba Dabba Doo was hosted by The DDC Group CEO, Jan Trevalyan. The event was again held at the beautiful Victoria Park in Southport, and boasted a massive 400 guests, the biggest Yabba Dabba Doo to date!

Mr Trevalyan, creator and host of the Yabba Dabba Doo, said: "It`s hard to recognise this as the event that we started out with in 2012 when we had the idea of getting a few people together to raise a bit of cash for a good cause. Six years later, the Yabba has taken on a life of its own, and we`ve managed to raise more than a ‘little bit of cash` – in fact, we`ve raised over £400,000 in this short time."

The evening’s entertainment started with singer Ali Horn, who serenaded guests during the drink’s reception. Guests were wowed with enchanted garden characters from Neil Hughes Event Entertainment. The fun continued with The Baiana Band during dinner, followed by a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display courtesy of World Fireworks Champions, Blitz Fireworks. The fireworks grand finale was launched by Rob and Amanda Wilson, who generously won the bid to start the show.

The evening was far from over once the fireworks had completed, and guests were ushered back into the marquee where there was further entertainment from singer Steve Charles, Saxophonist Miranda Rimmer, DJ Danny Bee and of course, the sensational bar skills of the Flair & Funk team. Not to mention the live auction, with exceptional experiences and memorabilia to be won; naturally, this raised substantial funds for the cause.

Once the live auction was complete, Hugh Ferris the evenings compère took to the stage to ask how many guests would be willing to give an extra £50 toward Christie`s with the chance of winning £500? Not only did this raise a considerable sum in itself, but the winner Donna Owen donated the £500 back to The Christie fund; generosity on the evening was not in short supply.

There was, sadly, one empty chair at this year’s Yabba. Toby Hester, a lifelong friend of Mr Trevalyan, passed away earlier this year. His support of the Yabba in past years was resolute, and this year was no different. His family’s kind donation of Toby’s bike (more info needed here) raised a fantastic £8,500 at auction.

The night was organised and run by Chantelle Drewery of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Mr Trevalyan and his partner Lisa Marriott for months prior to the scheduled date. Mrs Drewery said, “We are overwhelmed with the feedback from this year’s event. Our guests really enjoyed our enchanted garden theme and all the entertainment and characters involved. We want to thank all our sponsors and our guests who donated in the auction and the raffle on the night. Without your support, we would not be able to raise such a significant amount for this incredible cause.

To register your interest in attending next years Yabba Dabba Doo event please contact Chantelle Drewery at info@havingaballevents.com

The Yabba Dabba Doo 2018

 

6TH ANNUAL YABBA DABBA DOO RAISES £60,000 FOR THE CHRISTIE

 

This spectacular fundraising event saw an incredible £60,000 raised to fund the redevelopment of the Radiology / CT Department at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

 

Held on Saturday 11th November, the sixth annual Yabba Dabba Doo was hosted by Jan Trevalyan. The event, usually hosted within the grounds of Mr Trevalyan’s home, was this year held at Victoria Park in Southport, allowing the expansion of the event to around 320 guests.

 

The radiology department is at the very centre of the excellent treatment offered by The Christie, as every patient requires accurate diagnostics to help them on their way to being cancer free. 

 

The evening’s entertainment started with a set from The Wack Pack, during dinner, and continued with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display by World Fireworks Champions, Blitz Fireworks that included a surprise. The fireworks grand finale was launched by Sharon & George Chantry, who generously won the bid to start the show.

 

A raffle and an auction, including a signed Ariana Grande guitar and tickets to the world-famous Manchester City Tunnel Club, raised a significant sum towards the evenings fundraising activity. The fundraising was a huge success before Mr Trevalyan took to the stage to ask how many guests would be willing to give an extra £50 toward Christie's with the chance of winning £500? Not only did this raise a huge sum in itself, but the winner Geoff Dixon donated the £500 back to The Christie fund; generosity on the evening was not in short supply.

 

Mr Trevalyan, creator and host of the Yabba Dabba Doo, said: "It's hard to recognise this as the event that we started out with in 2012 when we had the idea of getting a few people together to raise a bit of cash for a good cause. 6 years later, the Yabba has taken on a life of its own and we've managed to raise more than a ‘little bit of cash' – in fact, we've raised over £250,000 in this short time."

 

The evening was far from over once the fireworks had completed, and guests were ushered back into the marquee where there was further entertainment from singer Steve Charles, saxophonist Miranda Rimmer and of course, the sensational bar skills of the Flair & Funk team.

 

The night was organised and run by Chantelle Drewery of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Mr Trevalyan and his partner Lisa Marriott for months prior to the scheduled date. Mrs Drewery said, “We are delighted to have been able to hold the Yabba at Victoria Park this year, and I would really like to thank all of our guests and sponsors for being so generous.

 

Mrs Drewery continued, “This event couldn’t happen without an army of professionals, so we would of course like to thank D’vine Catering, Elite Marquees, Carita Services, Icon Events, Victoria Park, Sefton Council, Danny Bee and Hugh Ferris; and special thanks to the team at Blitz fireworks for another fantastic display, these fireworks really are a key ingredient to making our annual event a night to remember.  Each year just gets better and better, and we are already excited for next year!”

The Yabba Dabba Doo 2017

 

The Fifth Annual Yabba Dabba Doo charity event raises a fantastic £40,000 for youth cancer research at The Christie's Cancer Hospital in Manchester.

 

‘Tis the season for giving!' The Yabba Dabba Doo, an annual Autumn charity event hosted by co-founder and CEO of The DDC Group, Jan Trevalyan, was held on Saturday the eleventh of November on the grounds of Mr. Trevalyan & his partner Lisa Marriott's picturesque country home in Lathom, West Lancashire.

 

The evening was a grand success - raising a staggering 40,000 towards cutting edge research in Interventional Radiology for the treatment of childhood cancer. The Christie’s 3D Intervention System provides minimally invasive ‘pinhole’ procedures using image guidance technology to deliver targeted cancer treatment, as well as to relieve the effects of cancer on other parts of the body - such as life threatening blood clots or blockages to major organs. The life saving benefits from this research is monumental.

 

The evening was one full of many laughs and heartfelt tears as Mr. Trevalyan gave a moving speech that touched the hearts of many who have lost loved ones or have personally suffered from cancer. 

 

The evening’s first class entertainment included an electric violin duo, cyr wheel artist and spectacular musical fireworks display by World Fireworks Champions Blitz Fireworks that included songs by Coldplay and the Chainsmokers, Oasis and Classic Opera Song 'Time to Say Goodbye'. 

The night's entertainment also included music by the Marc Kenny Band, a DJ set by Danny Bee, Pic & Pose photo booth, a raffle and an auction. The evening’s dishes were sumptuous, with a three course meal served by D’vine Catering, cupcakes by Amelia and cocktails and flair bar tending by Flair ‘N’ Funk.

 

The Raffle was a huge success with a grand assortment of great prizes. But the auction was the main highlight of the evening, with key items for sale such as Oasis signed guitar by all the band members, Pangea Silver Glitter Elephant, Jaguar and Horse statues that were imported from Namibia, Football & Rugby Packages that included signed shirts and signed boots with tickets to matches, ladies’ diamond earrings and a day of racing with the Stig. 

 

Chantelle Drewery who organises the annual event commented, "The atmosphere was incredible on this night. This year was bigger and better than ever before.  We can’t thank you all enough for the huge amount of money we have raised to everyone who donated during our fantastic raffle and those of you who really dug deep to bid on our amazing auction prizes."

 

Mr. Trevalyan, creator and host of the Yabba Dabba Doo noted, "I think it’s important to give back where you can. The funds raised from this charity will do an incredible amount of good - helping our little ones with cancer fight to live full lives and indeed be able to grow up as our future doctors, lawyers and leaders of the world.”

 

The night was organised and run by Chantelle Drewery of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Mr Trevalyan, Lisa Marriott and John Latham for months prior to the scheduled date. Having a Ball is a Southport-based Events Company, specialising in the organising and running of events and mobile bars. 

 

The Yabba Dabba Doo 2016

 

Fourth Annual Yabba Dabba Doo charity event raises £50,000 for Christie's Cancer Hospital in Manchester.

 

It’s that time of year again! The Fourth Annual Yabba Dabba Doo, an annual Fall charity event hosted by co-founder and CEO of The DDC Group Jan Trevalyan, was held on Saturday the12th of November on the grounds of Mr. Trevalyan & his partner Lisa Marriott's picturesque country home in Lathom, England.

 

The evening was a grand success in raising a staggering £50,000 towards Christie’s new Proton Beam Therapy Centre. Proton Beam Therapy is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive cancer treatment for children. Due to open in 2018, Christie's Proton Beam Therapy Centre will be the first hospital in the UK to offer this new treatment to an estimated 1,600 children a year, in addition to carrying out this groundbreaking research. 

 

The evening was one full of many laughs and heartfelt tears as Mr. Trevalyan gave a very moving speech that touched the hearts of many who have lost loved ones or have personally suffered from cancer. 

 

The evening’s first class entertainment opened with a pyro technical fire display by Juggling Inferno followed by a spectacular 20 minutes musical fireworks display by World Fireworks Champions Blitz Fireworks that included a surprise Michael Jackson Thriller dance performance. Rising from the grounds whilst the fireworks lit up the night sky, the Zombie dancers awed the evening’s guests. The firework grand finale was launched by Stephen & Karen Phillips who generously won the bid to start the finale show. Guests were inspired by the incredible display as they sang along to the show’s songs including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and  “History” by One Direction.

The night's entertainment also included magician David Burgess, a singing performance by the fabulous female band “The Queens of Rhythm”, a DJ set by Danny Bee of Rock Fm, Pic & Pose photo booth, a raffle and an auction. The evening’s dishes were sumptuous with a two course meal served by D’vine Catering, flower cupcake desserts by Graysons of Ainsdale, cocktails and flair bar tending by Flair ‘N’ Funk, as well as an ice cream truck and coffee bar by Willow Catering.

 

The Raffle was a huge success with a grand assortment of great prizes. Guests were surprised when Mr. Trevalyan took to the stage to ask how many people in the room would be willing to give an extra £50 toward the charity with the chance of winning £500. The hands in the room went up automatically raising a large sum for Christie’s charity.

 

The Auction was a highlight of the evening with key items for sale such as an Oasis guitar signed by all the band members, an Alice Cooper signed guitar, a Pangea Metal Sculpted Giraffe, as well as a Buffalo that were imported from Namibia, Football & Rugby Packages that included signed shirts and signed boots with tickets to matches, ladies’ diamond watch sets with diamond earrings and gold bracelets and ring-side tickets to the upcoming Anthony Joshua Boxing Match!

 

Chantelle Drewery who organises the annual event commented.

 

"The atmosphere was incredible on this night. This year was bigger and better - with over 300 guests and raising more money than ever before. We can’t thank you all enough for the huge amount of money we have raised. Everyone who donated during our fantastic raffle and those of you who really dug deep to bid on our amazing auction prizes."

 

Mr. Trevalyan, creator and host of the Yabba Dabba Doo commented: 

 

"I think it’s important to give back where you can. The funds raised from this charity will do an incredible amount of good- helping our little ones with cancer fight to live full lives and indeed be able to grow up as our future doctors, lawyers and leaders of the world.”

 

The night was organised and ran by Chantelle Drewery of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Mr. Trevalyan, Lisa Marriott and John Latham for months prior to the scheduled date. Having a Ball is a Southport-based Events Company, specialising in the organising and running of events and bars. 

The Yabba Dabba Doo 2015 

 

Third Annual Yabba Dabba Doo Charity Event Raises £45,000 for Christie's Cancer Hospital. 

 

The Third Annual Yabba Dabba Doo charity event was held on Saturday 7th November in the grounds of founder Jan Trevalyan & Lisa Marriott's country home in Lathom.

 

The evening was a huge success in raising money towards new Proton Beam Therapy to treat the children with cancer. Christie's will be the first hospital in the UK to offer the new treatment and will welcome up to 1,600 children a year. 

 

Jan Trevalyan gave a very moving speech on the night that touched many peoples hearts, who's family friends and loved ones they have lost or have suffered from cancer. 

 

The night's entertainment included a fire breather, aerial artist, musical fireworks, bonfire, VW camper van photo booth, ice cream truck, coffee unit, cocktails and flair bar tending from Flair 'N' Funk, three course meal served by Dougherty & Allen, raffle, auction and DJ set by Danny Bee of Rock Fm and the fabulous female band 'The Queens of Rhythm'.

 

The incredible fireworks display was presented by World Fireworks Champions Blitz Fireworks and featured thousands of fireworks shot into the sky during the song “That Man” by Caro Emerald and then Elvis Presley's “Junkie XL”. Guests were one again overwhelmed by the incredible display and the Blitz Fireworks team were welcomed on stage later in the evening for a standing ovation. 

 

The Raffle was a huge success and guests were surprised by another Raffle just as they thought that one was over. Jan Trevalyan took to the stage to ask how many people in the room would be willing to give an extra £50 toward the charity with the chance of winning £500. The hands in the room went up automatically raising a huge amount more for the charity with Steph Beirne being the lucky winner!

 

The Auction was a highlight of the evening with items for sale such as an Ed Sheeran signed guitar, Ariana Grande signed guitar, a pair of Aguero signed football boots and an 11.5ft Pangea Metal Sculpted Elephant imported from Namibia just to name a few! 

 

Chantelle Latham who organises the annual event on behalf of Jan Trevalyan commented.

 

"The atmosphere was incredible on the night. We cant thank you all enough for the huge amount of money we have raised. Everyone who donated during our fantastic raffle and those of you who really dug deep to bid on our amazing auction prizes"

 

The night was organised and ran by Chantelle Latham of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Jan Trevalyan, Lisa Marriott and John Latham for months prior to the scheduled date. Having a Ball is a Southport based Events Company, Specialising in the organising and running of events and bars. www.havingaballevents.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Yabba Dabba Doo 2014 

 

Second Annual Yabba Dabba Doo Charity Event Raises Over £27,100 for Haiyan Relief

 

Manchester, United Kingdom / November 12, 2014 --The Second Annual Yabba Dabba Doo charity event was held on Saturday 8th November in the grounds of founder Jan Trevalyan's country home in Lathom.

 

The evening has become an annual 'Doo' with the aim to raise as much money as possible on the night for the chosen charity.

 

Trevalyan explained that he started Yabba Dabba Doo because he wanted to change fundraising functions up a bit.

 

"We were sick of the stale hotel bars and dry ballroom chicken," he stated. "We wanted it to be more casual, kid-friendly, and feature top-notch food, drinks and entertainment."

 

This year's event raised a staggering £27,100  or The DDC Group - Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The cause is one that Trevalyan and his brother, Brett, both executives of The DDC Group outsourcing company, hold very close to their hearts, as last year 1,500 of their employees in the Philippines were directly impacted by this tragedy. They have both spent time over the past year helping victims and their families recover from the disaster and re-build their lives. Trevalyan delivered a moving speech at the event, shedding light on some of the traumas they faced following the typhoon to drive home the significance of all money donated.

 

The night's entertainment included stilt walkers dressed in Halloween attire, a silk aerial artist, contortionist, fire dancers, musical fireworks, bonfire, VW camper van photo booth, ice cream truck, coffee unit, two course meal served by D’Vine Catering, Steve Charles singing Motown and DJ Danny Bee from Rock Fm finished with a DJ set.

 

The incredible fireworks display was presented by Musical Fireworks Champions Blitz Fireworks and featured thousands of fireworks shot into the sky during the chart song “Happy” and then Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma”. A number of guests were reportedly reduced to tears and commented that they had never seen anything like it. Madison Jordan, a representative of The DDC Group who attended the event all the way from the States, commented: This is the best fireworks display I've ever seen; much better than the show at Walt Disney World."

 

According to Trevalyan, this is just the beginning.

 

"We are stepping it up for the future by offering a turnkey operation, now that we have proved it works here," he disclosed. "Eventually, we would like to build Yabba Dabba Doo to 100 qualifying venues around the UK, and make it the single largest function night of the year; the largest grossing charity event."

 

The night was organised and ran by Chantelle Latham of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Trevalyan and John Latham for months prior to the scheduled date. Having a Ball is a Southport based Events Company, Specialising in the organising and running of events and bars. www.havingaballevents.com

 

 

The Yabba Dabba Doo 

 

at Jan Trevlayan's country home and grounds in Lathom in November 2013 with the aim of raising as much money as possible for charity and for everybody to experience a night like no other! Jan is the founder of the Event and he strongly believes that 'charity starts at home' hence using the grounds of his own home and putting on this fabulous event to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charities. The first Yabba Dabba Doo was held

 

200 Guests were greeted on arrival by the baby T-Rex from the BBC's "Walking With Dinosaurs" and stilt walkers also performing fire eating.

They then entered into the marquee for a drinks reception at the Double Decker Bus Bar served by world class cocktail flairers.

 

Following drinks, guests sat down to Fish and Chips served by the Having a Ball Hostesses and were treated to illusions and table magic followed by a breath taking silk aerial display.

 

Shortly afterwards they were ushered outside to see a spectacular musical fireworks display that reduced some guests to tears. Janette Griffiths from Southport commented "I've never seen anything like it in my life".

 

Following fireworks, guests helped themselves to unlimited ice cream from an original 1960's Mr Whippy Van and tea and coffee from the retro Lulu coffee unit. All food and drinks units were supplied by our main sponsor Willow Catering based in Aintree.

 

The auction followed next, raising a staggering £30,000 for charity and then the night ended with all guests jigging on the dance floor to an Irish Ceilidh Band!

 

 

 

Event Management 

 

The event is organised by Having a Ball Events and ran by Director Chantelle Drewery. 

 

To contact Having a Ball with any questions regarding the event or to book your table please see all details below: 

 

Email: info@havingaballevents.com

Telephone: 07969 871 398

Website: www.havingaballevents.com 

 

 

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