Welwyn Garden City-based charity raises £30k at swanky event

PUBLISHED: 08:35 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 25 May 2017

Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

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A Welwyn Garden City-based charity celebrated its 35th anniversary in style by raising over £35k during a swanky event.

Jenny Grange at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter BusseyJenny Grange at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

More than 150 guests flocked to Isabel Hospice’s dinner evening at Meadow Barn in Tewin last Friday, where the room was designed to take them back to a stylish era gone-by.

Attendees enjoyed the razzmatazz along with a delicious three-course meal, as the black-and-white classic film Some Like it Hot played on the big screens.

They were also serenaded by Hannah Northedge Quintet, The Tailored Tenors and Mary Doherty with 1920s-inspired tunes from classic musicals such as Chicago and Les Miserables.

A luxury auction held on the night, which included prizes such as a three-night break in Marrakech and VIP tickets for Gary Barlow’s new musical, helped raise much-needed funds for the hospice.

Jean Simpson and Liz Laing at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter BusseyJean Simpson and Liz Laing at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

Robin Webb, Isabel hospice CEO, said: “The hospice’s special events committee put on a spectacular event on Friday and I really enjoyed the evening.

“£30,000 is a magnificent amount and would pay towards the salary of one of our community nurse specialists, who visit patients at home to enable them to live well with their family around them.

“Well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

Isabel Hospice provides support for adults with life-limiting illnesses.

Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter BusseyIsabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

Chairman of the special events committee, and president of the hospice, Barbara Doherty MBE, said: “The evening was a great success and will have raised well over £30,000 for the vital work of Isabel Hospice.

“My thanks to all our sponsors, to all the donors of the wonderful prizes, and to my special events committee.

“Special thanks to Sue Wetherall for designing the stunning table decorations with ostrich feathers and to Matt Wyles our brilliant set desinger for the themed Art Deco designs.

“A big thank you to our generous guests who who made the evening so memorable, it was a really brilliant 35th anniversary party.”

Sue Coleman and family Robert & Sam Stark, Sue Coleman  Joanne and James Friedenthal at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter BusseySue Coleman and family Robert & Sam Stark, Sue Coleman Joanne and James Friedenthal at Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

Isabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter BusseyIsabel Hospice's 35th anniversary event. Photo credit: Peter Bussey

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