1050 people partied under the vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows as they enjoyed the first ever silent disco to be held there – raising an incredible £10,000 for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity – General Fund and Butterfly Cornwall Fund.The evening kicked off with live music from cover band Ferris Wheel Junkies while the party goers also collected silent disco headsets ready to enjoy three channels of tunes from Deluxx Silent Disco.
Later in the evening the crowd were brought to a standstill with the epic talent of Hit and Miss, a quartet of traditional Cornish Singers, with the patriotic sounds of ‘Cornwall My Home’ and ‘Little Lize’.
The second live band to take to the stage were jump jive band Company B, before again the silent disco whipped the crowd into a frenzy, climaxing with Bohemian Rhapsody ringing across the nave as nearly all 1000 headsets were turned to blue and a unique choir of revellers sang along.
The backdrop of the cathedral was enhanced with laser lighting provided by Mass Affect Lighting, as Lynne Lees, Community Fundraiser for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity and lead for the event explains,
“It was an amazing sell-out event and the feedback has been incredible. The Cathedral was transformed and elevated to a phenomenal and jaw dropping level by the superlative Mass Affect Lighting.
Chief Operating Officer of Truro Cathedral, Sean O’Neill, enabled us to hold this major NHS fundraiser for the people of Cornwall in the Cathedral and we can’t thank him enough. His tolerance and assistance throughout have been nothing short of magnificent.
It was so exciting to see the community of Cornwall come together in such an iconic building to celebrate life and St Piran.”
This major fundraiser was a triumph of charity, community and corporate partnership with support from businesses; Skinner’s Brewery, Ann’s Pasties, Mannings Hotel and New Look,Truro.
Skinner’s Brewery provided a bar and in true Cornish style special guest, Betty Stogs was greeted with an enormous cheer from the crowd of revellers as she waved the St Piran’s flag heartily aloft.
Funds raised from the event will benefit the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity General Fund which is used to provide additional equipment and enhance environments across the Trust and the Butterfly Cornwall Fund, also part of RCHT Charity which is used to enhance end of life care for patients.
“Everyone who has supported this has made a direct impact enhancing NHS care across St Michael’s, West Cornwall and Royal Cornwall (Treliske) Hospitals and we are so grateful, thank you,” added Community Fundraiser Lynne.
Social Media comments regarding the event speak for themselves;
Skinner’s Brewery tweeted “What a venue, what a crowd, what a night! Nobody parties like the Cornish. Thank you to everyone who organised, supported and attended this incredible event. Our bar ‘Thirst Response Team’ were proud to serve you all.”
“One of the best nights I’ve ever had.”
“It was truly incredible. So many of our (RCHT) teams smiling and having fun. Huge success.”
“Great venue, cracking production and huge turnout – this ladies & gents is what a well organised event looks like.”
Lynne said on behalf of the charity fundraising team,
“Many comments on our Social Media have asked if this event will be repeated. All we can say is watch this space!”
Take a look at more photos from the night kindly taken by photographer Toby Weller https://myalbum.com/album/fSuVoTUXfAef