...and so the Ball began. Hosted at the superb Mick Channon suite at St. Mary's, home of Southampton Football Club, over 200 guests gathered on 11th November for the charity's highlight event of the year.
The Gully Gully Man (or Gulliver to his friends) amazed us with his trickery and dexterity as he entertained guests at their table whilst others captured memories with the Selfie Mirror from Pink Giraffe
Feasting on Confit of Duck guests were entertained by Diva Divo - a superb, professional Operatic ensemble, led by the irrepressible Elinor Chapman, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After supper Richard Linton - Actor, DJ, Radio Host and Master of Ceremonies, was our guide for the evening. Encouraging generous bids for our auction prizes - a major part of the fund raising evening - and leaving time to present some commemorative cufflinks to one of our founders, Mo Abu Hilal, on his being awarded a full professorship.
After dinner dancing to the music of London-based Band Capitale – a collective of eight incredible young musicians, all of whom operate at the very epicentre of today's British music industry with a repertoire spanning a full four decades.
The end result are a magnificent total proceeds of £20,494 - more than enough to keep one of our researchers in post for 7 months - a superb effort and special thanks to our organising Committee Florence Gimonet, Susan Kay and Penny Burke. Thanks also to our sponsors: the Barker Mills Foundation; TSI - Turbo Service International; Sport Pesa; The Saints Foundation and Halo Conferences and Events who helped to make the whole evening memorable.
Thanks to everyone who attended and enjoyed the evening - see you in 2018 and thanks for your continued support.