Winchester’s Guildhall was transformed into a stunning representation of 1920’s Paris last weekend, with over 170 people in attendance at a glamourous Charity Ball.
A collaboration between two local Winchester fundraising groups, 3Women and The Mad Hatters Present, the black-tie event raised over £9,000 for The British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Aptly titled ‘A Night At The Moulin Rouge’, the evening featured pre-dinner entertainment from vintage songstress Amy Baker before Can-Can dancers took to centre stage, enthralling the audience.
Guest speaker for the evening was Debbie Dashwood, a BHF-supported nurse from the cardiology unit at Southampton General Hospital who provided the audience with some insight into how the British Heart Foundation helps people whose lives are affected by heart conditions.
Guests then generously supported the Fundraising Auction, with items including a diamond necklace, a weeks’ holiday in Meribel and a tailored designer suit. Esteemed Auctioneer Andrew Smith ensured bidding was spirited, before popular Isle of Wight-based band Juicebox filled the dancefloor until the early hours.
“A Night At The Moulin Rouge has been twelve months in the making, and we have been astounded by the level of generosity and support we have received“, said Claire Wellman of The Mad Hatters Present.
3Women co-founder Fiona Whitehouse continued “We’re thrilled to have raised over £9,000 for the British Heart Foundation, and our joint collaboration has enabled us to deliver an amazing night of fundraising and joie de vivre.”
Neil Jarrett, Fundraising Manager at the BHF, said: “We’re very grateful to 3Women and the Mad Hatters Present for raising so much money for our life-saving research. Heart disease devastates the lives of thousands of people every day. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack. And it’s only by helping scientists find the next breakthrough that we will can keep taking the fight to heart disease.”
With solicitors in Winchester, Dutton Gregory were delighted to sponsor the event.