Friday, 08 November 2013

Successful Fundraising Evening at Claridge's (2)


The Hillssmall dinner at claridgessmall trophiessmall

On the evening of Thursday 7th November, Damon Hill OBE hosted a charity event in aid of Down's Syndrome Association, Down Syndrome International, Boveridge House Trust and halow project at the glamorous ballroom of Claridge's Hotel in the heart of London.

The charities welcomed over 160 guests and delighted them with a personal insight into the man behind the public face. They were treated to an exploration of his early life and the driving force that led to his success in motor racing, resulting in him becoming the Formula One World Champion in 1996.

In 1989, Damon and Georgie Hill's first child Oliver was born with Down's syndrome.  Damon and Georgie turned to the Down's Syndrome Association for help and information and have both been active and committed supporters ever since.  Damon and Georgie are both patrons of the Down's Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International.  As Oliver has grown up they have also provided support and patronage to Boveridge House Trust and the halow project.

As well as "An Audience with Damon Hill", the evening hosted a charity auction presided over by Rupert Maas, from BBC's Antiques Roadshow.  Enthusiastic bidding ensured that the "one of prizes" raised an impressive sum, which will be shared amongst the four charities represented.

Guest who attended the evening also included Kevin Kilbane, Dennis Wise, Roberto DiMateo, Kirsty Allsop, Queen's Roger Taylor and many more.  Everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening, and felt it was a shame it had to end.

Kevin Kilbanesmall Kirsty Allsopsmall Footballers with Christiansamll

All four charities extend their most sincere thanks to Damon Hill and the organising committee without their time and generosity the evening would not have been such a great success.

Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down's Syndrome Association,

"We are delighted that our patron Damon Hill has chosen to host this event, we thank Georgie Hill and Caroline Armstrong-Jones for heading up the organising committee. Sharing the load between the three other charities has ensured that the evening has been the roaring success that we have all benefited from."

An Audience with Damon Hill Organising Committee –  Caroline Armstrong-Jones, Georgie Hill, Carol Boys, Patricia Masri, Miranda Rock, The Earl of Shaftesbury, John Shelton and Sue Stirling.

Grateful Thanks to –  Richard Geoffrey – Dom Perigon, Rupert Maas, Adler, Mercesdes AMG Petronas, Red Bull
Racing, McLaren F1, Noble, Ian Buddin and RBS, Nick Jones, Griffe and Bentleys The Collection.

Information about the other three charities being supported -

  • Downs Syndrome International (Dsi) is a UK based international charity, comprising a worldwide membership of individuals and organisations.  Our members include people with Down syndrome, parents, family members, friends, carers, professionals, practitioners, researchers, organisations and people who are interested in Down syndrome.
  • Boveridge House School is an independent, residential school for children and young people from 9 to 19 with complex communication needs and other associated learning difficulties, including social and emotional difficulties which may present in challenging behaviour.  The school also specialises in the education and care of children and young people with Prader-Willi syndrome, working very closely with the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK (PWSA), who highly recommend Boveridge House School.
  • The halow project is dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community. We are a young, vibrant, growing organisation, passionate that the people we support have the right to expect the same life experiences and chances as any other young person and we are committed to making this a reality.