More than 650 people from Yorkshire’s property industry turned out for this year’s Crypt Factor and helped to raise a record-breaking net amount of £60,000 for St George’s Crypt and LionHeart.
It was another memorable night with the Crypt Factor continuing to go from strength to strength and firmly establishing itself as Yorkshire’s most triumphant fundraising event by far. The success of the evening also demonstrates the generosity of the region’s business and property community who helped to make the event so special by giving every act an incredible level of support and creating a superb atmosphere.
Damian Connelly (pictured), who works as a Relationship Director in Barclays’ Corporate Banking Division, saw off competition from eight other acts to win the annual singing competition with a stunning performance of Angels by Robbie Williams.
Shiv Sibal and Joe Haigh from Bond Dickinson performing as the Blues Brothers and Rachel Clarke from Savills, singing Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, both finished as runners-up.
The competition was judged by LionHeart’s Vice Chairman Richard Lewis of Town Centre Securities, Jonathan Morgan of Morgans, Paula Dillon of Bond Dickinson and Dawn Allen of Pinsent Masons. The event was compered by Alex Duckett, an Associate at Knight Frank’s Leeds office.
The eighth Crypt Factor was sponsored by Bond Dickinson, Bruntwood, Morgans City Living and Town Centre Securities and The Yorkshire Post was the event’s official media partner. Other supporters included Saville Audio Visual, Vector Photography and Candid PR.
The First Direct Arena and Hilton Hotel also donated a unique Miley Cyrus VIP auction prize which sold for £2,200 and Tiger Tiger’s Lucky Voice hosted a karaoke after the competition which raised a further £1,000 for the charities.
St George’s Crypt is well known for its work with homeless and disadvantaged people in Leeds and LionHeart offers a range of services to help and support past and present RICS members and their families when they face unexpected problems in their lives.