Poker night means kids’ charity hits the jackpot


The stakes were high at the Clearwater charity poker night for members of Birmingham’s corporate finance community, who raised £7,750 for youngsters with life-threatening conditions.

The money will go to ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’, which makes dreams come true for seriously ill children, after the charity was nominated by poker tournament champion David Chick.

David, director at HSBC Leveraged Finance, was among 45 poker players from professional and financial services organisations.

“It was a terrific evening, enjoyed by all those who attended,” said David. “As a poker novice, I never expected to win, but was delighted to accept the splendid trophy and, more importantly, be able to donate all the money raised on the night to the “When You Wish Upon a Star” charity.

“As a parent to two fit and healthy children, this opportunity to make a dream come true for those children who are less fortunate and who, sadly, may only have a short life ahead of them, is fantastic. My sincere thanks go to Clearwater for arranging and hosting such a successful event.”

Clearwater partner Phil Burns added: “We had a great deal of fun while raising a significant amount of money for a very good cause and I would like to thank everyone who took part.

“Poker resembles deal-doing in that it invovles keeping a cool head while under pressure, careful calculation, negotiation and an element of risk. Perhaps this is why Birmingham’s corporate finance people were so keen to play.”

The event, at one of Birmingham’s leading casinos, proved so popular that organisers at Clearwater Corporate Finance are already planning more poker nights later in the year.