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Wine, Cheese, Folk & A Good Cause…

October 9, 2011

Not too long ago, we were in a bit of chaos in our office space – walls knocked down, flooring up, wallpaper strippers used inventively to steam up knackered old lino tiles, which had been glued down to within an inch of their plastic lives. We couldn’t see how we could ever get things straight enough  to work in again, let alone hand over the space to friends who were hosting a Charity Wine Tasting Event. But, with the help of some amazing friends, we got it all done, we’re back in there working and last night, The Break Out Project held the first of a series of fund-raising events.

Run by Matt & Dee Brereton-Patel, the focus of The Break Out Project is to provide relief to slum and street children living in desperate circumstances in Mumbai, India. In order to achieve their aims, Matt & Dee have organised a number of events which help the to raise the funds needed for the BIG PROJECT in November – a charity trek in the high Nepali Himalaya to a height of 5545m. Carrying about 12kg of kit, on the way they’ll be taking in some breathtaking views, more than a few yaks, and not much oxygen as the air starts to thin. At that altitude, your boots feel like they’re made of lead and the air is so dry it’s hard to sleep at night, never mind covering miles of tough terrain and temperatures plunging as low as -20c at night! Details re online sponsorship will be on the Break Out website soon, and we’ll tweet details via Didsbury Life.

The Break Out Project Charity Wine Tasting Event

The Break Out Project Charity Wine Tasting Event

Ed from Majestic Wines did a sterling job over two sessions of wine tasting – and our lovely friends across the road at Folk Didsbury, provided the most amazing canapes to soak up the winey goodness. Thanks to Annalise & Lucy for the gorgeous platters of Italian meats, olives, sundried tomatoes, hummus, tzatziki and ciabatta – a very much appreciated gesture of community spirit. So, Dee & Matt raised funds for their big Himalayan trek, we meet a lot of new friends, enjoyed some delicious wines and nibbled on some tasty treats. We also scooted off to see friends for dinner, leaving the party going on. What an amazing surprise then, this morning, to go into the office and see not even a crumb on the floor.

Huge thanks to Matt, Dee & The Break Out Project – an amazingly community spirited evening with money raised, wine drunk, food consumed, crumbs cleared up. And a climb at The Manchester Climbing Centre (to the equivalent of Everest) for the Break Out gang today. Bet there are some sore legs – and maybe heads – tonight…

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

The Break Out Project Wine Tasting

Please take a moment to have a look at The Break Out Project’s website and if you like what Dee & Matt are tring to do, maybe make a donation (via the “Donate” button on the homepage), or come along to one of their events

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