charity party

Our Charity Party raises £35,000 for Chase Children's Hospice

by 21stcenturymummy on November 27, 2009

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Photo taken by Earl Ferguson

This time last year I was invited to a fantastic party at the Alpha Romeo Showrooms in Parsons Green. We ate, drank and got merry, all in aid of raising money for Kids Company.

In July this year, I somehow found myself agreeing to be on the organising committee for this year’s party, after being approached by Jonathan Silver, the man behind the original launch of the event 4 years before . The event has gone from a small gathering of friends in his house, to a fabulous party in a great venue that attracted over 200 people. Each year a different charity is chosen and this year it was Chase Children’s Hospice, a wonderful charity that supports terminally ill children and their families.

There were eight of us on the organising committee this year, who lived all over London and the South East. The four months in the run up to the event (in between being a mum, business mum …) involved approaching people asking for their support and donations of food and drink. Calls, letters and visits made during my toddler’s nap times, or with pram in tow.

The amazing thing about this event is that absolutely everything is donated each year, our time; food and drink; entertainment; stage; lighting and auction and raffle prizes. There was a suggested donation of £50 per person. Not a bad price to pay for a brilliant night out.

November 14, the day of the party soon arrived. Minor panics were thankfully resolved, including having to find somewhere to hire 1,000 glasses (we nearly ended up with paper cups, but a couple of trips to Waitrose stores nearby meant a crisis was averted – and it was free).

It was incredible how the event came together on the night, largely due to everyone’s hard work. Entertainment included a magician, compere James Mullinger, Comedian Caroline Maybey and the absolutely brilliant BB Collective (a soul, mowton, funk and pop cover band – and probably the best I’ve ever seen). Tempting treats including getting a back and shoulder massage, having your portrait photo taken (for a small fee of course). There was also an auction, with five holidays and raffle. You can see the photos here.

The end result, there were over 250 guests and we should raise an amazing £35,000. It was fun being an organiser, but I’m now looking forward to getting my life back!

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With 8 days to go until the charity event in Parson’s Green in aid of The Chase Hospice, it’s full steam ahead! We rely principally on the support of the local community to provide the food and drink for the event, so 100% of the money raised can be given to the charity.

I have been bowled over by the generosity of some of the independent grocers, delis, restaurants and individuals in the local community etc. who have given wine, canapes, raffle and auction prizes. It’s amazing how they have been willing to support the event, despite the tough times we are in. I’m not sure I should mention their names, because people might start hounding them!

Some, however, haven’t been at all forthcoming, suprisingly mainly the big names, the multiples for example. I appreciate they get requests for help for events but…it would have been easier to get blood from a stone!

We’re nearly there now, all we need now is ice and soft drinks.

Charity Party, 14 Nov, Alpha Romeo Showrooms, Parsons Green

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