An evening to remember, celebrate and raise lots of money – ‘Celebrating Rory’ was a special Midsummer Ball in memory of Rory who was cared for by Shooting Star Chase. Rory sadly passed away in October last year.
The evening, organised by Rory’s Grandma, Salliann, mum Hannah and friends Linda and Julie was held at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club in Leatherhead.
The family have been prolific fundraisers for Shooting Star Chase, with previous events including a 12 hour netball match, wreath making workshops, quiz nights and teams taking part in the Sunrise Walk. This event was no exception, as family and friends snapped up the tickets, with 130 sold in just 48 hours and a waiting list having to be put in place for those hopeful’s who’d missed out.
The request to ‘dress to impress’ was followed to the letter as guests arrived in all their finery, looking glamorous and ready to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.
Before the meal, Rebecca, one of Shooting Star Chase’s Ambassadors gave a short talk about the charity and a real insight into the support and care we provide, not only for the child with a life-limiting condition, but also to their family.
Following some welcome drinks on the patio in the sunshine, the guests sat down to enjoy a delicious three course meal.
To raise additional funds the guests could take part in a raffle as well as a silent and live auction. “We were very lucky that so many people were very generous in donating wonderful raffle and auction prizes and it was lovely that some of them were there to see the prizes actually won and how delighted the winners were!” said Salliann.
Rory’s parents, Hannah and Phil drew the raffle, allowing them to personally thank all the people who had come to support the cause and really make it a celebration for Rory.
The top raffle prize was a £300 Kuoni voucher, with other amazing prizes to delight any food lover – a £100 Gordon Ramsay voucher and some fantastic hampers from Regency and COOK.
The silent auction consisted of 18 wonderful lots which included weekends away in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, a luxury spa break, champagne afternoon tea for two, cases of wine and beer and a cocktail and canapé evening for 50 people plus a bottle of port and whisky (both signed by Theresa May).
Last but by no means least was the live auction, which consisted of 3 lots, Salliann explained, “By this point of the evening everyone certainly entered into the spirit of bidding – which made it very exciting!” The lots were a 10 course tasting menu for 8 people prepared and presented by a team of professional chefs in your own home, a day’s cruising up the Thames for 6 people including lunch and wine and finally 2 tickets for the VIP area of BST in Hyde Park to see Eric Clapton.
The event raised a magnificent £13,000 and Salliann said of the event, “The evening was absolutely wonderful – we were blessed with glorious weather and surrounded by so many friends who were all there to support this wonderful cause; one that is so very close to our hearts and so it really was a ‘ Celebration for Rory’. We have already been asked to make this an annual event, but we are thinking about maybe having an annual ‘midsummer’ event but the ball itself every two years!”