We're delighted to announce that we raised a phenomenal £143,500 gross at our annual CHAS Rocking Horse Ball, which took place at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh last Friday, 8th June. After costs, this leaves £110,000 going directly to our services. We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event.
Our Wonderland theme seemed to be a real hit with our guests who enjoyed getting their pictures taken with Alice, the Queen of Hearts and the big white rabbit, alongside the large CHAS letters on the lawn of Prestonfield on arrival before enjoying a Pickering's Gin cocktail. Sanjeev Kohli was a hilarious host for the evening and Alex Fleming expertly raised a phenomenal amount during the auction, including £8,000 for our Rocking Horse, aptly named Alice.
Our guests were thoroughly entertained by Dusty the magician, Will Pickvance on the piano and BLEEKER who ensured the dancefloor was full right until the end of the night. Many of our guests had their faces adorned by the talented Lynn at Fantoosh Face Art and the sweetie table, courtesy of Luca's and Colourful Candy, proved to once again be very popular with our guests, taking them back to their childhood days.
The highlight of the evening was when our CHAS parent, Bruce Edmond, shared his story about his son Jack who died last year. He told us that they brought Jack to the cool beds at Rachel House after he had died to rest until his funeral. One evening they came back from dinner to find a nurse reading a bedtime story to Jack. Bruce said 'THAT is the level of care you get at Rachel House'. He explained that it costs £400 per day for a charge nurse at Rachel House and he and his wife wanted to pay for the first day, he invited the guests to join him and balloons were passed to everyone who raised their hands. It was so powerful to see the room filling with balloons. That 'ask' raised £25,500 on the night!
You can view all the pictures from the night taken by our two fabulous photographers.
Carolyn Henry - www.carolynhenryphotography.co.uk.
Bill also took the time to put together a lovely picture presentation of the evening:
Thank you Carolyn and Bill for capturing the evening so beautifully.