Anniversary Charity Ball.
Saturday, June 8, 2019.
It was a night of high glitz and glamour with stellar musical performances, a chance to celebrate the last 12 exciting months and share with old and new friends what’s in store for War Horse Memorial and the purple poppy in the year ahead. We’d like to thank Paul Powers as our Title Sponsor.
More than 200 guests attended our Anniversary Charity Ball, treated to fine wines and food prepared by Executive Chef, Gemma Amor at The Pavilions suite at Ascot Racecourse, hosted by our great friend Chris Hollins. So much has happened that it’s extraordinary to believe it was only this time last year that we unveiled Poppy our magnificent War Horse, created by our amazing sculptor Susan Leyland and cast by the talented folk of the Black Isle Bronze Foundry in Scotland. That night we launched our intent to support our wonderful chosen charities – The Household Cavalry Foundation; Mane Chance Sanctuary; World Horse Welfare; Brooke; Blue Acre; RDA Windsor and Ascot Driving Group and more recently we have added the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund to that number. We are delighted to announce partnership working with the Edinburgh March Riding Association and the animal charity Blue Cross – and we will share more on that later this month. Acclaimed soprano Christina Johnston sang our anthem songs ‘To Glory‘ and ‘A Million Tears‘ (beautifully written by Warwick, Young and Maclean) as canons fired paper petals to officially launch our 2019 Purple Poppy Appeal. There were musical performances too from Beau Dermott and Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, who with Christina we announced as our three latest Ambassadors.
We wanted to celebrate our growing relationship with supporters in New Zealand and how better than with the spectacular Māori troupe from London , who created the atmosphere of their culture through traditional music and dance.
Our enigmatic Elegy to The War Horse, specially written for us by Major Craig Hallatt, evoked as it always does a better understanding of the service and sacrifice of millions of horses, mules and donkeys during World War 1. Saturday night was the perfect opportunity to launch our new bespoke purple poppy jewellery range of white diamonds and amethyst stones, crafted by Lucent Diamonds and there were many offers of interest.
Then it was time to move to the dance floor and enjoy the ultimate swing, soul and Motown music experience of Colin Roy and his Band and newcomer AJ Hans, who blends classical Indian music with western pop and RnB, and who we predict has a big future ahead of him.
We are still collecting and collating the money and pledges raised from a Grand Auction, offering wonderful prizes kindly donated by shoe designer Lucy Choi, Paul Powers, Lucent Diamonds and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and a Silent Auction organised by Superstars, but as always profits will be used to support our good causes. Thank you to our sponsors i4c Publicity; ITM AV for staging and lighting and Stoke Park Development for the drinks reception, and our special thanks to Sodexo and Ascot Racecourse Authority. And, as always to our great friend Jenny Seagrove, actress and founder and Director of Mane Chance, who always through her eloquence and passion for all animals reminds us what a great cause we have chosen.
Please continue to knit your poppies and when we stitch them altogether help us create Britain’s Biggest Knitted Purple Poppy. And if you want to sell our pin badges let us know. We have now taken delivery of pre-packed boxes and as of now the 2019 Purple Poppy Appeal is now officially launched.
Photos c/o John Flowerdew of Visual Pixel Photography Ltd.
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