NEARLY £8,000 was raised at CLIC Sargent’s “Fifty Shades of Earl Grey” tea and indulgence party held at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on Sunday afternoon (3 March).
As the charity’s main fundraising event of the year in association with CLIC’s “Great Mums Get Together”, staff from Saffery Champness worked hard with the local CLIC team to ensure the afternoon was a great success.
The sell-out event offered guests a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, an extravagant tea and a chance to wander around all the offerings in the area of indulgence. These included mini manicures, make up consultations, up do’s, massages as well as homemade cakes, home and houseware, handbags, jewellery and shoes. A percentage of the proceeds from each of the stalls were then donated to the overall funds.
“We made sure we had a lot of raffle tickets available on each table and as soon as everyone sat down for tea, money began flooding in filling our collection buckets. It was very exciting,” said Lisa Vizia, a director from Saffery Champness.
The Saffery event team had managed to collect 23 raffle prizes from a number of extremely generous donors.
The raffle then culminated in a surprise auction of two tickets for a Robbie Williams’ concert later on this summer, met by whoops from many of the ladies in the room. With a starting price of £200, the two tickets eventually went for £450 giving a great boost to the overall funds raised.
Daphne Pullen OBE, national Chair of CLIC Sargent had also flown in for the event. Only her second visit to the island she was amazed by the size and quality of the Guernsey event and plans to showcase this in the UK.
“It has clearly been a huge success and one I would love us to try to duplicate on the mainland,” she said.
During the afternoon, both Mrs Pullen and Belinda Netherton, the chair of the local CLIC branch, appealed not only for financial support but also for volunteers to come forward to help with the work that the charity does supporting Bailiwick children affected by cancer.
“I would just like to add my thanks to Saffery Champness for all they have done to enable this event to take place,” said Mrs Netherton.
All the money raised will go towards the maintenance and running of CLIC Haven, a “home from home” that provides accommodation for Bailiwick families while their children are undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital. The charity also offers support to local families for the duration of their child’s treatment when they are back in the Bailiwick.
Since Saffery Champness’ involvement with CLIC Sargent a year ago, the firm has helped to raise approximately £20,000. Following the “Fifty Shades of Earl Grey” event, this sum has now risen to around £28,000.