The ME Association joined in a commemoration of an event that shocked the world on Friday (September 11).
Representatives of the ME Association mixed with stage, screen and sporting personalities at Canary Wharf in London at the invitation of BGC Partners – whose parent company Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 staff who were trapped on floors above the points of impact when airliners smashed into the World Trade Centre in New York on that dreadful day in 2001.
ME Association chairman Neil Riley and medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd were at the company’s offices after the charity was nominated to receive a share of the proceeds of BGC Partners’ annual global charity day held to remember the event. All the income generated that day from the company’s international trading in financial products in their offices round the world are donated to charity.
"We’re thrilled to have been nominated for a share of the proceeds from the BGC Partner’s annual event, which is now in its fifth year", said the charity’s publicity manager Tony Britton.
"We were nominated by Tim Cross, one of the company’s traders whose wife has ME. She is one of up to 240,000 people in the UK whose life has been severely restricted by the illness."
Mr Riley and Dr Shepherd were given a guided tour of the trading floor at BGC Partners and then joined dozens of other charities and their celebrity representatives in the 18th floor atrium, which was decked out circus-style for the charity event.
Pictured above are scenes from the trading floor on the big day. Spot Jonathan Ross and Lisa Snowdon! We’ll put up more shots as we have them!