Golden effort as silver ball raises thousands for St Wilfrid’s

From left: Carly Stenson, Danny Mac, Jan Greene and Jade Greene
From left: Carly Stenson, Danny Mac, Jan Greene and Jade Greene

A MILESTONE was marked in style as St Wilfrid’s celebrated their 25th anniversary by raising more than £70,000.

The St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s Silver Ball took place at Goodwood House on November 17 to mark St Wilfrid’s 25th anniversary.

More than 270 guests turned-out for the celebratory evening and dug deep into their pockets to bid for a range of lots on offer.

Organisers were hoping the event would raise at least £50,000 for the hospice, but the target was smashed as the ball raised more than £70,000.

“We are delighted to have raised in excess of £70,000 as a consequence of everyone’s extreme generosity on the night and through all our sponsors, our platinum sponsor being Store Property.

“The stunning venue and fine dining created a strong foundation for a successful evening. To be surrounded by such elegance and beauty created a very special atmosphere and the professionalism of the Goodwood House team is impeccable,” said Avril Robinson, head of fundraising at St Wilfrids.

A sound track was provided by local band, The Deloreans who kept the dance floor busy and guests enjoyed a champagne reception, three-course dinner and entertainment during the evening.

A selection of West End musical hits were performed by 25th Anniversary Patron Danny Mac from Hollyoaks and his partner Carley Stenson.

The essence and heart of St Wilfrid’s Hospice care was conveyed by 25th Anniversary patron Amanda Sharp, who discussed her own experience of the hospice.

Spirits were high as a fast-paced auction was led by St Wilfrid’s patron Mark Hewitt, of Stride & Son auctioneers, with one lot, a unique gold, silver, diamond and opal bracelet fetching a staggering £16,000.

The bracelet, called A Day at the Races, told the story of the Goodwood Estate, featuring five separate panels with scenes of the Goodwood racecouse was made and donated by Chichester jeweller, Timothy Roe.

Visitors enjoyed an array of entertainment, from a magician, to casino tables, mini-car racing and a chocolate fountain.

“It was a truly memorable occasion and a very fitting way to celebrate all that Hospice staff and volunteers have achieved over the last 25 years,” added Avril Robinson.