It was a silver anniversary with added sparkle when St Albans-based jewellers Galio celebrated 25 years in business with a Gala Evening that raised almost £22,000 for local hospice care.
Ninety guests helped George Street’s Galio mark its landmark anniversary in the sumptuous surroundings of St Michael’s Manor, St Albans. The dinner party with a difference included live music from a singer, electronic violist and a magician, while subtle lighting truly made the setting appear fittingly diamond-studded.
Galio partners Sarah and David Gillow and their team also organised a tombola and auction with prizes that included a bi-plane flight at the Bremont luxury watch factory, the chance to test drive an Aston Martin, a gin bar in your own home and an exclusive cooking and dining experience at Thompson restaurant in St Albans.
Generous guests dug deep during the evening to raise vital funds for the services that Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides to local adults and children diagnosed with life-limiting illness and their families.
Said Sarah: “We wanted to celebrate a fantastic 25 years of Galio, but also wanted to find a way to give back to our local community.
“We are in awe of Rennie Grove,” she said, explaining why Galio has been one of Rennie Grove’s valued corporate patrons for some years. She added: “It was a fantastic evening with hugely generous donations from local shops and Galio brands. We are so pleased that the funds will help Rennie Grove to continue to provide amazing care and support for patients and their families.”
Rosalind Lee, Rennie Grove Senior Corporate Fundraiser, said Galio’s 25th anniversary gift was “overwhelmingly generous”.
She added: “It is a fantastic amount that will pay for seven months’ care by one of our Hospice at Home nurses.
“Our heartfelt thanks to Sarah and the Galio team for organising this amazing event and to everyone who attended and made the evening such a success.”