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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.

After the excitement of the auctions and raffle, guests danced the night away with the amazing band Fake Tan until carriages at 1am. Magically, after all the guests had gone, the marquee was transformed into a lively craft tent for all the fun of the Richmond May Fair on Saturday.

The Ball raised £140,000 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, Richmond BID, Handelsbanken and Banham Foundation.

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