Hatfield Battle Proms concert raises £11,600 for military charity
PUBLISHED: 10:26 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 July 2018
Jean S. B-C. Mower-Allard
Generous concertgoers raised more than £11,500 for a military charity at Saturday’s Battle Proms in Hatfield.
The Battle Proms at Hatfield House raised a bumper £11,613.50 for the picnic concert’s new charity partner, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.
More than 7,000 picnickers and music lovers packed up the hampers and champers and headed to the landmark Hertfordshire stately home for the 18th annual Battle Proms concert.
Compered by Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes, the summer celebration in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field featured sublime orchestral music and dramatic Spitfire, cannon, cavalry and firework displays.
Through audience generosity, and donations from the concert profits by organisers JSL Productions, the Battle Proms has raised £334,900 for military charities to date.
On Saturday night organisers joined forces for the first time with SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, which provides lifelong support to our forces, veterans and their families wherever and whenever it is needed.
“It was fabulous to meet the SSAFA team at Hatfield House on Saturday night,” said Emma Dexter, marketing manager for the Battle Proms.
“They came with a team of energetic and smiling volunteers who engaged brilliantly with our audience.
“We are very proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause in such a constructive manner, raising funds for and awareness of the vital work they do in the Armed Forces communities.”
The Hatfield House audience yet again proved incredibly generous, donating a fantastic £11,613.50 on the night.
James Grant, head of fundraising and events at SSAFA, was on site to witness the Battle Prommers’ generosity.
He said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who donated to SSAFA on Saturday and contributed to the total amount raised.
“It’s vital that we raise awareness and funds to ensure we can continue to support our Armed Forces and their families.
“The Battle Proms season is a great opportunity for us to do that and we are delighted that they have chosen as their charity partner this year.”
The Battle Proms series is due to return to Hatfield House next year on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
• For more information on the Battle Proms go to www.battleproms.com
To learn more about the work of SSAFA go to www.ssafa.org.uk