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Home-Start Guildford’s Together Ball Raises £125,000

Published on: 6 Feb, 2024
Updated on: 8 Feb, 2024

Home-Start Guildford’s inaugural Together Ball, held on Friday, February 2 at G Live, raised an impressive £125,000.

Pictured from left: the chair of Home-Start Guildford, Katie McGuire; the deputy mayor of Guildford, Sally Barker; Home-Start Guildford’s office manager, Sarah Black.

With a commitment to supporting hundreds of families in the Guildford area, the charity says the funds will not only sustain current services but also pave the way for crucial expansion.

The event was a sell-out event that drew more than 400 guests and philanthropists, and unfolded as a night of entertainment, gastronomic delights, and, most importantly, fundraising.

The Home-Start Guildford Together Ball was a sell-out event.

There were more than 44 silent auction prizes, while Peter Gordon led spirited bidding for three prizes: a luxurious holiday house, an exhilarating flight on a Red Arrows jet, and a limited edition piece from Vanleles Jewellery, a brand loved by Home-Start supporter, The Princess of Wales.

Peter Gordon led the bidding for auction of prizes.

Against a backdrop of performances by Django’s Jive, The Accidentals, and The Beat Freaks, attendees enjoyed a sumptuous three-course dinner before being moved by a touching account from Amy.

She shared how Home-Start volunteer Julie provided invaluable support during challenging times, emphasising Home-Start’s role as the critical bridge between social care and families navigating the complexities of early childhood.

The night concluded on a euphoric note with legendary DJ Danny Rampling.

Home-Start Guildford trustee Sabine Bates and Peter Gordon.

Sabine Bates, Home-Start Guildford trustee and who chaired the ball, said: “Charities like Home-Start thrive on community support, and the success of the inaugural Together Ball not only secured crucial funds but also underscored the unwavering commitment of businesses and individuals to champion their local charity.

“The ripple effect of this generosity will touch the lives of hundreds of families.”

The event was sponsored by Charles Stanley, Insolum Projects, Maybrook Properties, Better Green Group, Gate Street, Inchcape Jaguar Landrover Guildford, Property Potential and Beard Construction.

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