The 2023 Richmond May Ball on Richmond Green, raises over £100,000 to support local charities
The Richmond May Ball exploded back on to Richmond’s social scene last Friday. Over 470 guests enjoyed a champagne reception in a stunning marquee sitting proudly on Richmond Green - a glamorous start to a glorious fundraising Ball. After a sumptuous dinner, Richard Lintern (Silent Witness) described the wonderful work of Home-Start and a moving film followed describing the work they do with disadvantaged families who are struggling. Then Fiona Button (The Split) gave a moving personal introduction to the work of Skylarks before the audience were moved by the film of the work they do with disabled children and their families.
The indomitable ex British Lions star, Rob Henderson, then led the Live Auction which raised a record-breaking £60,000.
With final calculations still to be made, it is clear that the Ball will have raised well over £100,000 to contribute to our charities' vital work.
This was the Richmond May Ball's 27th fundraising event and it was made possible by the generous sponsorship of a number of local businesses including Moore Barlow, Minesoft, Featherstone Leigh, Savills, Love Cocoa, Bingham Riverhouse, Betzone, Handelsbanken and Banham Foundation.
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'The pandemic gave us a greater sense of our local community and the importance of Richmond's Open Spaces. This is an opportunity to deliver a spectacular evening on Richmond Green for local residents and their guests whilst raising much needed funds for two very deserving local charities'
BOB & VIVIEN HARRIS
Home-Start RKH supports families in the most difficult circumstances. Covid and the rise in the cost of living has left so many families in crisis, struggling financially and emotionally.
Skylarks provides activities and resources for children with additional needs and their families. They support over 1000 children and the number is constantly growing.