260 guests enjoyed Rennie Grove’s 5th annual Question of Sport Herts charity dinner set against the glamorous backdrop of Sopwell House, St Albans on Thursday March 8.
Following a drinks reception where guests could view an array of luxury items up for auction later in the evening alongside beautifully presented raffle prizes, compere Sky Sports presenter and St Albans resident Geoff Shreeves got the evening underway by reminding guests of the serious and important cause they were there to support.
Geoff explained: “I can’t thank my good friend Kevin Luckhurst of Supreme and St Albans Independent Financial Advisers enough for suggesting this five years ago. As well as being an outstanding success financially, providing much needed funds for Rennie Grove, this event is also really gratifying as you see the business community in St Albans pulling together to make the evening such a success.”
Mark Bunting from headline sponsor Aitchison Raffety kicked off the evening by giving a speech explaining why they continued to support the event. Mark said: “Once again we are very proud to support the great work that Rennie Grove does in the local area. The Question of Sport dinner is a really enjoyable evening and one that we look forward to each year; I’m sure we will be coming back again.”
In his speech Mark went on to say: “If anything were to happen to me, I know that Rennie Grove would be my first port of call. I’m reassured to know that should I need them, they will be there to offer care and support to me and my family, giving me the choice to be cared for at home.”
Also speaking on the night was Howard Roberts from Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden who gave a moving account of how Rennie Grove Hospice at Home nurses cared for his wife Ginny and he spoke about what that meant to him and his family.
Newly appointed Rennie Grove Chief Executive, Stewart Marks, then thanked everyone for their enthusiastic support and explained how important this was to ensuring that Rennie Grove can continue to offer local patients the choice of where they are cared for at the end of their life as well as offering support for their families through the illness and into bereavement.
He went on to thank event sponsors and supporters Aitchison Raffety, Headline Sponsors; Close Brothers Asset Management, Auction Sponsors; Kane Group, Drinks Reception Sponsors; Orion Financial Management Ltd, General Sponsors; Specialist Cars Group and Supreme & St Albans IFA and also host Geoff Shreeves.
Following a tasty starter, competition got underway with the ever-popular red/green game, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and getting them ready for the main event and ultimate test of sporting knowledge.
After several heated rounds and two more courses, the hotly contested Question of Sport Quiz came down to a three-way tie breaker with a team from Tring headed by Rennie Grove Trustee Chris Langford narrowly beating teams from Debenhams Ottaway and 2017 winners Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
The charity auction, led by Geoff, included some fabulous prizes such as Wimbledon tickets, a private dining experience and a made-to-measure suit. Thanks to some marvellous donations and generous bidders the auction raised £27,000.
Overall the evening raised an astonishing £48,000 with one or two more donations still to come. Rennie Grove would like to thank the local businesses of St Albans for supporting the charity and making such a vital contribution to its work. Visit www.renniegrove.org/corporate for more information on corporate partnerships and events.