BACTA NW Venetian Masked Ball

A great night was enjoyed by all at The BACTA NW Venetian Masked Ball held at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool on 6th December 2013. VIP guests in attendance were Blackpool Mayor Councillor Eddie Collett, and Mayoress Mrs Heather Collett, BACTA CEO Leslie Macleod Miller and Ms Caroline Duncan, Owner of Cosmo Leisure Group Mr John Downs and his wife Mrs Caroline Downs as well as Chris’s wife and daughter Trish and Nicola.There was fun and games through out the night and dancing until the wee small hours. The ball raised over £3000 which ensures that BACTA NW will be able to make a significant donation to The Children’s Adventure Farm in Lymm during 2014.

BACTA NW Donation

On Tuesday, 9 July, 2013, BACTA North West Region’s chairman Chris Manion and committee member Dave Ellwood, presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) based in Lymm, Cheshire – being monies raised at the region’s annual Christmas charity ball.
CAFT provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in the north-west, and relies solely on the support and donations of individual organisations. A week spent at the farm broadens the children’s horizons; boosts their confidence and provides wonderful memories.
Chris said: ‘It is an honour to make this presentation to such a worthy cause, knowing that the generosity of BACTA North West Region members can make a real difference for the children.
‘It is the intention to provide on-going support for CAFT throughout my chairmanship of the region.’
Alistair Laing, CAFT charity relationship manager said: ‘The Children’s Adventure Farm has been designed in order that all children, regardless of ability, can have the holiday of their lives and for many, this will be first time they will have experienced the freedom and independence such a facility can provide.’
BACTA is the only trade association representing the amusements’ industry in the UK, with membership including amusement machine manufacturers and seaside arcades. BACTA supports national charities and regional charities through a variety of fund-raising initiatives.

Greater Manchester Swim

On 1st July 2012, Chris Manion successfully completed the Great Manchester Swim in 38mins 9secs. This was a one mile swim around the Salford Quays. Including Gift Aid Chris has raised over £400 for Care For The Wild International (charity registration no 288802). Should you like to make a donation, or take a look at some pictures of the event (including some of Chris wearing a pink hat….don’t ask) then go to

Greater Manchester Swim

On 1st July 2012, Chris will be taking part in the Great Machester Swim this year. It’s a one mile swim in Salford Quays. It will surely be very cold and tiring so any of you who are kind enough to sposor me can rest assured that I will well and truly earn every penny you donate. My chosen charity is Care for the Wild International which protects animals around the world from exploitation and cruelty. You can donate via Chris’s page
Wish me luck!!

BACTA Chairman

We are pleased to announce that on the 9th May 2012, Chris Manion became the Chairman of the North West region of BACTA.