Last November, my husband and I went to a charity party in Parsons Green, organised by friends of friends, in aid of Kids Company. We didn’t really know anyone but surprisingly had a fabulous night, my husband came away having won a Caterham for the weekend in the auction (which we went all the way down the Champagne region and back in – woo hoo!).
Somehow this year I have been roped (very willingly) into helping organise it this year. It has been running for four years and was set up initially by a lovely guy called Jonathan Silver. This year’s event is being held on 14 November at the Alpha Romeo Showrooms in Parsons Green. Money raised will go to Chase Children’s Hospice, a charity for terminally ill children.
It’s great fun being on the organising committee, a group of eight eclectic individuals from all walks of life, all volunteering their time. My job: trying to get local food and drink suppliers on board, whom we completely rely on so 100% of the money raised can go to the charity. That’s the “easy” part, the nerve-wracking bit is hoping guests will come. There were 200 last year, we’re hoping ito double that this year – not that we’re aiming high or anything… but we want to raise £50,000 (double what was raised last year). There’ll be a comedian, awesome band, auction etc.
I don’t do marathons or 10k runs for charities, so this is my bit for a very worthy cause. It’s going to be an amazing event.