More than £200k was raised last week at a charity gala dinner hosted by the Cornwall Community Foundation at the Hurlingham Club in London.
Chair of the foundation – Cornwall Chamber chief executive Kim Conchie – welcomed guests and introduced the host for the evening, TV presenter and Cornish resident, Fern Britton.
After celebrating the winner of a special grand prize draw, kindly donated by the Nare Hotel, focus of the evening moved towards an auction. Prizes included generous donations of artwork from leading artist Jethro Jackson, a chance to meet Cornish spymaster Sir Richard Dearlove, and dinner at home cooked by rising stars Tim and Louise Spedding.
Tamas Haydu, CEO of Cornwall Community Foundation said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Cornwall Club members and guests to our first-ever gala dinner in the wonderful surroundings of the Hurlingham Club.
“We are very grateful to the generosity of our headline sponsors, the Caledonia Investment Charitable Foundation, and our drinks reception sponsors, JB Estates, for their support, without which this event would not have been possible.”
In 2022, out of county support for Cornwall Community Foundation surpassed £1 million providing funding for hundreds of grassroots and community groups across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.