FOBP: Spring Ball Raises £11,000 for Cancer Care
The recent Friends of Bede's Prep Spring Ball was a night packed full of glitz, glamour, fizz, jazz, auctions and prizes, with over 180 people turning out to celebrate Bede's Prep School and raise funds for The Pevensey Haematology and Oncology Unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital at the Cavendish Hotel.
The event, which takes place every other year, always raises a staggering amount of money for charity as the generous Bede's parents and their guests dig deep into their pockets to buy raffle tickets and bid for auction prizes; this year was no exception, with £11,098 being donated.
The Pevensey Haematology and Oncology Unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital currently consists of a 17 bedded inpatient area and an 11 chair/trolley day treatment area.
"We were delighted that Hannah Wood and Christine McCormack from the Day Unit could join us for the evening," said Jacqui Howell, Chair of The Friends.
The evening got under way with an impressive musical performance by Bede's Senior School's Jazz Band and singers who played a wonderful selection of music. Their performance was all the more poignant as many of the young musicians had once been pupils at the Prep School.
During the evening the Silent Auction took place, and amongst the generous prizes included racecourse tickets, yoga sessions, tennis coaching and many more delights.
"Dinner guests were able to make a secret bid for any potential item they would like to win," Mrs Howell explained, "and every prize received a generous offer - even the signed photograph of Simon Cowell!"
Our humorous Head of Cricket Neil Lenham and quick-witted Prep School parent Nick Muston hosted the main auction and this mighty double-act cajoled, enticed, bribed and blackmailed our dinner guests to raise their auction offers.
Amongst the most hotly-contested prizes was the 'Be the Headmaster for a Day' Prize - an auction lot which was furiously battled out, mainly by the Year 3 parents!
Once dinner had been served, prizes had been won and the cheque written, all that was left was to party the night away.
Eastbourne District General Hospital staff Hannah Wood and Christine McCormack were thrilled when they were the handed donations at the end of the night, with Hannah Wood saying, "We can't believe the generosity of the Bede's parents."
"We weren't expecting anything like this amount. These donations really will go a long way towards helping the Pevensey Unit."