Tuesday, 31st March saw the Care after Combat team hold their Inaugural Ball at The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane. The event aimed to create awareness of the charity and raise crucial funds to support our veterans.
Derek ‘Smokey’ Cole, Falklands Veteran and CEO of the charity said “Care after Combat Inaugural Gala Dinner was a resounding success, not only did it raise some much needed funds for the new Charity but it also gave our guests an insight of what the charity hopes to achieve in the future.
The entertainment throughout the evening was of an exceptional standard and I would like to thank them all for giving their time to support Care after Combat.
I would also like to thank all the guests for attending our first event and look forward to seeing you at our next one!!!”
Attendees of the star studded event included Barbara Windsor MBE, Francine Lewis, Luisa Zissman, Gyles Brandreth, Lizzie Cundy, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen and Sir Trevor Brooking. But it wasn’t only the celebrities supporting the cause; political figures including The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, The Rt Hon David Davis MP, The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, former CDS General the Lord David Richards of Hertsmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL ADC, Nigel Evans MP, Nigel Farage MEP as well as and The Earl and Countess of Erroll, Merlin Hay and Isabelle Astell joined in the fun.
Chairman Jim Davidson OBE had this to say “The Ball was a great success; it launched the Phoenix project with the backing of Justice Minister Mike Penning. People are so supportive, first because they were friends and by the end of the night because they were true supporters of our cause. I also had a bad Tum so there!”
Highlights of the evening included performances by Tenors Un Limited and the Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir along with the announcement that Casey Batchelor, who has championed Care after Combat from the beginning, will be the first Ambassador of the Charity.
A big thank you must go out to everyone who attended and helped us raise over £60,000!