JAMES BOND BALL
The Mayor's Bond 007 Ball Raised £7,000 for The Mayor's Charity Fund. Cllr Kevin Horkin Mayor of Clitheroe also MD of SPEX eye care centre hosted the event and invited many famous faces an friends of the Clitheroe community.
10 DOWNING STREET
The Clitheroe Town Mayor’s Charity Hub opened its doors recently in an attempt to raise much needed funds for Clitheroe Community Fund
Spex Managing Director, Kevin Horkin, was installed as the Clitheroe Town Mayor on Tuesday having served for the past 12 months as the Deputy Town Mayor.
Councillor Kevin Horkin has pledged to help raise a staggering £100,000 during his official mayoral year, money which will then be invested in a new fund to be shared by organisations most in need.
THE PAT MANCINI CHARITY BALL
THE OLIVER AWARDS 2013
SPEX eye care centre supported the Society Of London Theatre at the Oliver awards 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London at the weekend.
The start studded event was attended by a number of guests including Helen Mirren, Brian May, Anita Dobson, Billie Piper, Will Young, Michael Ball and many more.
The Olivier Awards is presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognise excellence in professional theatre. The Oliver Awards are recognised internationally as the highest honour in British theatre and are considered to be the theatre industry equivalent of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Managing Director Kevin Horkin supported local actress Vicky Entwistle at the event who starred as Janice Battersby in Coronation Street before taking to the stage in Les Misérables.
SPEX eye care centre supported the second annual Pat Mancini charity ball on Saturday 20th April at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.
Pat Mancini MBE was a great friend to all at SPEX eye care centre. She was a tireless charity supported and the ball was in aid of her favourite charity The Queendeans Association.
Spex MD Kevin Horkin said ‘the annual ball did her proud in keeping her memory alive as the undisputed Queen of Blackpool’.
THE OLIVER AWARDS 2013
A VIP reception held at 10 Downing Street organised by Kevin Horkin brought together some of the North West’s key ‘movers and shakers’.
The Downing Street reception allowed leading members of the Lancashire and Merseyside Community Foundations, together with their own invited guests, to discuss ways of raising money and encouraging greater philanthropy.
Spex boss Kevin Horkin helped to organise a Children’s Christmas Party at Number 10 Downing Street.
Fifteen children had a very special start to their Christmas - a party at 10 Downing Street with TV favourites Ant and Dec!
Children from North West hospices, together with parents and carers, were invited to London thanks to Kevin Horkin’s links with the Conservative Party.
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha asked Clitheroe’s Deputy Mayor Coun. Kevin Horkin if he would help to organise the trip to Downing Street.
THE HORKIN GROUP
SPEX SUPPORT CHARITY BALL
A charity ball organised by actress and television presenter Denise Welch, which was generously supported by SPEX eye care centre, raised £65,000 for two worthy charities.
The ball, which featured top class entertainment from singer Jane McDonald and X Factor winner Joe Mc Elderry, was attended by 750 guests including TV presenter Kate Thornton and former Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey.
The charity event raised money for the GEM Appeal - which is funding research into the understanding and treatment of genetic disorders - and the Teenage Cancer Trust which raises money to help teenagers fight cancer.
The Horkin Group of businesses recently supported and sponsored auction prizes for the annual Creme de la Creme Charity Ball at the home of former premiership footballer Ashley Ward and his wife Dawn.
The large event was held in the grounds of Warford Hall and was attended by many premiership footballers and T.V celebrities. Kevin Horkin of Spex Opticians said "I was very happy indeed to support this very worthy event which benefits several North West charities. It was a very enjoyable evening".
The event raised over £100,000 for three charities close to the couple's heart including Destination Florida, Macclesfield Hospital and the Meningitis Trust.
HERITAGE CENTRE APPEAL
Kevin Horkin, the deputy mayor of Clitheroe, attended a very special reception at the Speakers’ Apartments at the Palace of Westminster last week.
The reception was in aid of the aim to raise £10,000,000 to build a Christian Heritage centre in the grounds of Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe.
THE QUEEN VISIT TO ACCRINGTON
Our managing director, Kevin Horkin, the Deputy Mayor of Clitheroe, handed over a bouquet of roses to the Queen on behalf of the residents when she visited Accrington on the 16th May.
Around 3,000 people jubilantly welcomed the Queen to Accrington town centre. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the borough for the first time in 44 years on Wednesday where they were greeted by a crowd which had lined the streets around the historic Market Hall and Accrington Town Hall.
ICE FANTASY CHARITY BALL
Our very own Kevin Horkin attended the star studed event over at Manchester Central on Saturday the 26th November. There was snow, reindeers and even a giant polar bear – yep, showbiz couple Denise Welch and Tim Healy really pulled out all the festive stops to host their 10th anniversary charity ball in Manchester at the weekend. The husband and wife team hosted their Ice Fantasy star-studded extravaganza over at Manchester Central, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Rochdale charity The Gem Appeal.
SPIRIT OF LANCASHIRE AWARDS
Lancashire businessman Kevin Horkin was awarded the “Philanthropist of the Year” Award in the “Spirit of Lancashire” Awards organised by the Community Foundation for Lancashire. The “Spirit of Lancashire” Awards were established to honour Lancashire charities and individuals for outstanding achievements in their respective fields. The “Philanthropist” award recognises an individual who has used his or her own success to consistently help other good causes.
KEVIN DRAWS CELEBRITIES TO DOWNING STREET
A Downing Street reception organised by Clitheroe entrepreneur and councillor Kevin Horkin showcased all that is best in Lancashire. The event, held at 11 Downing Street, was in support of the Community Foundation for Lancashire, a charitable trust which helps donors to support their community by channelling money into community projects.
It is part of a nationwide network of community foundations which collectively delivered £70m. throughout the UK last year. A hundred guests, including Lancashire dignitaries, celebrities, business people and those with a strong interest in Lancashire were invited to the reception, which was hosted by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
Among the famous faces were Cilla Black, Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin – all panellists on the top ITV daytime show “Loose Women” – plus actor William Roache (Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow) and “Stars in Their Eyes” winner and Shirley Bassey impersonator Maxine Berry.