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Monte Carlo: Convention was a sure bet for charity

IFA support services group Bankhall raised £75,000 at its annual convention in Monaco for the Destination Florida charity for terminally ill children.

The total beat the £72,000 that was raised at the 2000 convention. For every £1,000 raised, one child is taken on holiday to Florida, with Bankhall representatives going as helpers.

Almost £8,000 of the total was raised at an auction held at the gala dinner at Monte Carlo Sporting Club. Lots included Wimbledon tennis championship tickets, free hire of a Volkswagen Beetle and dinner at London&#39s Lanesborough Hotel.

PI insurer NCG pledged to donate £5 for every business card it received at the convention and £50 for each policy renewed or opened. The Research Department helped ensure £75,000 was reached by promising to make up any gap remaining after the other fund-raising efforts.

Bankhall&#39s annual awards were also presented in Monte Carlo. Norwich Union was named the best overall provider while Standard Life was voted the best pension provider and Intelligent Finance the top mortgage provider. Scottish Equitable was named the best training provider.

Bankhall director Tony Murrell says: “The support from our members for this charity is tremendous.”

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