A local hospice charity’s first-ever Question of Sport fundraising dinner in the county was hailed a success on Thursday 3 November. 170 guests attended the inaugural event at Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, raising around £20,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Hosted by Sky Sports & Premier League reporter Alan Parry, who created a relaxed and happy atmosphere with his humorous presentation style, the brand new sports-themed corporate hospitality event included a three-course dinner with wine and a fully interactive sports quiz.
Barrie Twyman from Amersham Auction Rooms kept the entire room engaged and everyone entertained throughout the main auction, where lots like a swimming lesson with Olympian Fran Halsall, a weekend break at Danesfield House Hotel and use of a BMW i8, a private chef experience, and a 4-night ‘Get Fit Fast’ retreat helped to bring in more than £7,500 for the charity’s specialist nursing service.
Cllr Mimi Harker OBE, Chair of Chiltern District Council, helped to organise the event. She said: “As part of the committee I have thoroughly enjoyed myself in getting involved and have learned about fundraising on a completely different level. The team have worked incredibly hard to pull this event together.
“Everyone is having a fantastic time and even people who aren’t particularly sporty, like me, are absolutely loving it. The atmosphere is electric and I really hope we get to put this event on again!”
Ben Brocklesby, Marketing Director at Origin Global, who were headline sponsors of the event, joined Mimi and half a dozen other influential people on the committee:
“Being on the events committee and working with Rennie Grove is incredibly rewarding, especially when you see it all come together. I myself am having a whale of a time and it certainly sounds like everyone is enjoying themselves. I’m confident we will reach our target of £20,000.”
Jo Turner, Head of Fundraising for Rennie Grove in Bucks, said: “We were thrilled with how well the evening went and extremely grateful to all our guests for giving so generously. We were fortunate to have prominent local people representing some really prestigious companies on the event organising committee, which made a big difference in terms of securing high value raffle prizes and money-can’t-buy experiences for auction lots.”
The Question of Sport model had been successful for Rennie Grove in Herts and the charity was keen to replicate its success in Bucks where an increase in fundraising is urgently needed. Designed to appeal to local companies, the event aimed to thank existing supporters and introduce new businesses to the mutual benefits of supporting Rennie Grove.
Jo added: “There is growing demand for our 24/7 responsive service in patients’ homes and new events like this - and the additional supporters we hope it will bring on board - are crucial in our efforts to meet that need.”
The committee comprised business leaders with a broad range of experience: Ben Brocklesby (Origin Global – headline sponsors of the event), Chris Bantock (BeSeen Marketing), Damian Irvine (Wycombe Wanderers), Micky Calcott (The Window Film Company), Cllr Mimi Harker OBE, Richard Berry (Sytner BMW), and Tony Colbourne (Luker Rowe).
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