On Friday 12th February the Trust hosted an exquisite fundraising lunch for some lovely ladies, including many of our loyal supporters. The lunch was held in Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London. Basking in natural day light, this stunning venue offered the perfect setting for highly important matters of skincare, jewellery and fashion. Supported by skincare house Sisley Paris, jewellery designer Stephen Webster and fashion house Roland Mouret, a leisurely afternoon of 'all things lovely for ladies' delighted the senses for all in attendance.
Ladies were indulged with a luxurious Sisley hand massage, a make-up touch-up, and wonderful gifts to take home, as well as an opportunity to try on some of Stephen Webster's unique jewellery designs, often considered more for 'rock chicks' but definitely worthy of elegant ladies too. The climax of the event was a stunning show of Roland Mouret's Spring Summer collection and an opportunity to pre order pieces that caught the discerning eye.
Commencing with a champagne reception at exactly noon, the ladies arrived promptly and the room was quickly vibrant with excited chatter from the balcony. Amongst the guests, long time friend of the charity, Mr Christopher Biggins and found new friend, Ms Patti Boulaye OBE, recent star of The Real Marigold Hotel. Our host for the afternoon was BBC Radio 4's Sarah Montague of the Today programme, such a privilege for us all to meet the lady behind that well known voice.
Guests descended the stairs to the ballroom area and joined their hosts for a most delicious lunch of shredded chicken cream pithivier, celeriac remoulade & Cafe au Lait sauce, followed by pan-seared sea bass fillet, soft crab mash & glazed asparagus spears and then chocolate & hazelnut Mille-Feuille & hazelnut ice cream. Coffee and petit-fours were enjoyed whilst listening to a lively question and answer session with Patti and Biggins, skilfully hosted by Sarah Montague to tease out those interesting issues about a black actress in a show business world and a gay man's views on marriage. For twenty minutes we were totally captivated and distracted from our more frivolous earlier agenda.
The business of fundraising was covered too with a secret auction of covetable prizes including a stunning painting by artist and long time ambassador for the Trust, Anne Magill, who created a work of art especially for the occasion 'to celebrate love'. Stephen Webster donated a pair of exquisite Thorn Drop earrings in 18 carat blackened white gold with onyx and amethyst and from Roland Mouret, a beautiful Bagatelle Handbag in Ocean Blue Python Skin.
The seriousness of childhood epilepsy was addressed by the Trust's founder and volunteer fundraiser, Ann Maxwell and guest speaker, Dr Elaine Hughes reinforced a powerful message about the devastating life-long consequences of severe epilepsy with three real life stories. Donations poured in a the magnificent sum of almost £50,000 was raised.
Heartfelt thanks to all those in attendance and who supported the event with generous donations, as well as the creative team behind the scenes. A special thank you to Sarah Murray of Jane Davidson, Edinburgh, Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh, as well as Frankie Williams Atelier and her team of stylists and also, Susan & Kate of Event Consultants Scotland.
A follow up to this event will take place at the same venue on Friday 3rd February 2017 - early booking is recommended!