Glamorous night at Hospice Gala Dinner raises £70,000
CategoryFundraising|North London Hospice
Actor Martin Freeman joined 180 other attendees at a charity dinner last night (Thursday 12 November), which raised around £70,000 for North London Hospice.
The event at the Royal College of Surgeons in Holborn was the first-event of its kind for the Hospice, which cares for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Guests including radio presenter Liza Tarbuck, actress Una Stubbs and television writer and producer Steven Moffat arrived to a champagne reception and a delicious three-course meal.
Martin, a patron of the Hospice, paid tribute to the ‘fantastic nurses’, doctors and volunteers.
He said: “I am not sure before spring last year I had ever been inside a Hospice. So I didn’t know what to expect as I entered the North London Hospice in Finchley.
“I was immediately made to feel welcome, but more importantly made to feel understood and listened to. The nurses were fantastic – always there with a shoulder not just for the patient, but just as importantly for their families.
“My visiting at the Hospice ended as I guess it always does in this case a few weeks later, but I wanted to keep in some kind of contact, give something back, which is why I am a patron.”
Following dinner and entertainment from the Caressi String Quartet, The Tiffinians A Cappella band and the Jazz Cats the exciting live auction got underway.
Among the lots on offer, included a private tour of the set of British crime drama television series ‘Sherlock Holmes’, a two-week stay in a stunning holiday home in Texas, and some fantastic pieces of sporting memorabilia including a signed Harry Kane Tottenham shirt.
The charity’s chief executive, Pam McClinton, said: “As always, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from every one of our guests.
“It has been a fabulous evening and we are thrilled that we raised such an incredible amount. This will make a significant difference to families whose lives are turned upside down and need the vital care and support of our hospice service.”
Speaking at the event she said: “Tonight we are particularly celebrating the work of the nurses at North London Hospice. All our staff, volunteers, those who deal directly with patients and those behind the scenes all do a fantastic job!
“Our staff have compassion to make a difference and enable our patients and families to find courage to embrace and achieve what is important to them and enjoy precious moments.”