The 2017 Care after Combat Summer Ball, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, was a great success and raised £147,000. It also proved that Care after Combat have some very loyal friends.
The evening kicked off with a world record attempt at Champagne drinking. The Guinness Book of Records were standing by. However, the record was not broken, as the Right Honorable Michael Gove MP chose to stick to red wine!
The 470 guests were treated to a magnificent performance my loyal supporter Rick Wakeman, who gave us his Life on Mars, and the sensational nursery rhyme concerto – the highlight being Baa Baa Black sheep, in the style of Les Dawson.
After a magnificent course, of red wine and white wine, with a bit of food thrown in, we were entertained by our trustee Katherine Jenkins OBE. She left us all in no doubt that she is a star. Her 30 minute set was magnificent.
Speeches by Chairman Cdr Stephen Anderson and Patron Simon Weston CBE, set out what we do and why we do it. Gen. Sir Mike Rose talked about arranging the surrender of Argentinian Forces on the Falkland Islands and then we auctioned a copy of the surrender document for 25k!
Our President, Gen. Sir Freddie Viggers also had two other distinguished Falkland vets on his table; Gen. Cedrick Delves and BBC’s Robert Fox.
A big thank you to Beth Everett and Kev for their hard work and to CEO Jim Davidson OBE, for putting it together.