Summer Ball

Wednesday 10th June

Southend Barns, Donnington, near Chichester

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The inaugural Macmillan Summer Ball at Southend Barns in Donnington was a splendid occasion attended by over one hundred guests! Everyone marvelled at the beautiful decor, candle-lit hall and fairy lights! The delightful outside reception area with burning braziers and rustic furniture promoted a friendly and enchanting contrast.

Gourmet catering by Field and Fork was enjoyed by all and superb service was commented on by many! Fun entertainment by Kane the magician was well received by everyone before and during this dinner. After dinner Johnno, our wonderful auctioneer helped to encourage guests to bid for some excellent items! They then recovered by dancing to the music of the Delorian Band.

Generous sponsorship by Brad Ainsworth of Cathedral Wealth Management, part of the St James Place group, gave us the confidence to organise this ambitious event! We are extremely grateful to him and generous donations from Joel’s fabrics of Church Road, London and several private individuals meant a fantastically healthy balance sheet!

Champagne for the reception was donated by Tinwoods and a substantial amount of wine by Berkmans winery. We are so grateful to Sam Bakose of The Crab and Lobster fame for arranging these wonderful gifts!

All in all we raised over £15000, way above our expectations. This included £5000 from the auction and over £1300 from the raffle.

We are so grateful for the huge generosity of everybody involved and for the brilliant organisation and efforts of Jenifer Wilson-Barnett, Lynn Salton and Geraldine Watts Davis