10th anniversary May Ball raises over £100,000

Sir Richard Stilgoe and Marsha de Cordova MP at the Home-Start Wandsworth May Ball (photo: Steve Burton Smartpics UK)

The Home-Start Wandsworth gala May Ball on 11 May saw more than 300 guests come together to celebrate our 10th anniversary and help raise over £100,000 to help take Home-Start Wandsworth into its next decade. The Ball was held in the Grand Hall at the Battersea Arts Centre, beautifully restored after a devastating fire in 2015. Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception, 3 course dinner, and dancing to a live band, Truly Medley Deeply. The host for the evening was broadcaster and musician Sir Richard Stilgoe, whose son Rufus and daughter Holly both volunteer for Home-Start Wandsworth. He led the fundraising activities and highlighted the difference Home-Start Wandsworth makes in the local community. Guest of honour Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea, spoke at the event and emphasised the need for the service Home-Start Wandsworth provides, paying tribute to all our volunteers who support local families.

Guests, who described the event as “huge fun”, “stylish” and “a fabulous night for a great cause”, bid enthusiastically in the silent auction, which comprised more than 70 lots, generously donated by Home-Start Wandsworth’s friends and supporters. Prizes included holidays in the South of France and Turkey, unique art works and money-can’t-buy sporting and cultural experiences. A pledging opportunity saw even more generosity from guests, with dozens undertaking to fund support for a family for 1, 3 or 6 months.

Linda Hayllar, Home-Start Wandsworth Trustee and Chair of the Ball Committee, said “It was wonderful to see so many supporters at the Ball having such a good time and donating so generously. We are extremely grateful to everyone who bought tickets, donated auction lots, bid in the auction and made pledges on the night. Thank you also to our sponsors, Metis Wealth and Savills, all the companies who placed adverts in our brochure and to everyone else who contributed to the success of the evening.”

Maria Kinsella, Chair of Trustees, said  “As we embark on our next 10 years, our challenge is to reach as many vulnerable families in Wandsworth as possible so that they don’t become the statistic or the tragic ending, but the success stories. The money raised tonight will help us to realise that challenge and give more children the best possible start in life.”