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The R3 Ladies’ Lunch, which was held at the Lowry Hotel in Salford and was once again a sell-out, has raised over £3,700 for charity – its second-highest amount ever!

The money will go to the Mustard Tree, which helps those facing homelessness, and will allow three people to develop their employability and life skills through its Freedom Project.

Around 300 women and men attended the event, which is organized by the R3 North West Women’s Group and has become a highlight of the social calendar for those working in insolvency and related professions. Since its inception in 2008, the annual lunches have raised over £30,000 for local charities.

Fran Henshaw, chair of the women’s group, said: “The ladies’ lunch has become a keenly awaited event, and a chance to have fun and catch up with others in the industry. Thanks to all those who attended for your support, and your generosity in supporting local people to escape the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and isolation.”

Rachel Trafford of Mustard Tree says: “The incredible generosity of donors will put three people through the initial three-month phase of our Freedom Project. The Freedom project provides a springboard to move forward through offering opportunities for work and for improved wellbeing, giving a route out of the trap of homelessness, poverty, and isolation. On behalf of everyone at Mustard Tree, thank you for becoming a massive part of their success and joining them on their journey.”