The Shine A Light Story
In Memory of Stephen Mcalindon
Lee Brennan -
Lee produces the charity Ball but is most well known for being the lead singer of 90's Boyband 911 who sold 15 Million records during their 4 years in the charts. Lee and his bandmates still gig together alongside Lee running his Lee Brennan Entertainment business. Lee knows only too well from personal experience how cancer can affect peoples lives, having himself been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma aged 8 and again at age 14.
The Beginning -
On Lee's 40th Birthday, on 27th September 2013, he decided to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Carlisle to raise funds in memory of his Step-Dad Stephen Mcalindon who passed away in October 2008 from lung cancer. After the success of the first event, a second coffee morning followed in 2014, with locals and 911 fans from all over the UK once again coming out to support the event and help raise £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Shine Carlisle -
In 2016, Lee wanted to create an even bigger event - The Shine A Light Ball was born, and with the help and support from Lee's long term friend Lorna Jenkins, the wheels were set in motion. On Saturday 27th Aug 2016, the very first sold out Ball with 200 guests took place at The Shepherds, Carlisle. The aim was to raise £10,000, but that total was smashed, as the final amount raised surpassed £17,000! The 2017 Ball sold out of 320 tickets within a week of going on sale such was the demand. The thousands raised were shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and Teenage Cancer Trust.
This years 2018 Ball sold out within ten minutes of going on sale in 2017, with over 750 people looking for a ticket to what is fast becoming the most prestigious event in Cumbria.
Shine Manchester 2019 -
After three sell out years of The Shine A Light Ball in Carlisle, 2019 will see the event roll into Manchester on Saturday 15th June at The Hilton in Deansgate. We have a huge night planned, full of top entertainment, surprises and celebrity guests.
In Memory of Stephen Mcalindon -
Lee's Step-Dad Stephen was a hardworking and well loved man from Carlisle. He was a gentle soul and always loved a pint, watching his beloved Manchester City, and a bit of banter with his closest friends. He is a much missed Dad, Step-Dad, Brother, Uncle and Grandad. If only he could be here to raise a glass with us to see how much his memory is being celebrated and how much has been raised to help others - he'd be in his element!
Sleep well Super Mac. 09/02/1954 - 22/10/2008