Project’s first fundraising event goes down a storm

After one frantic afternoon’s activity, including a flurry of emails, some rampant printing and a sweaty mission for a sombrero, the evening’s stakes were high. Luckily, the event’s creator, the invisible impresario Gary Fairfull, pulled the cat out the bag, and some guests, and a week’s last minute arrangements saw us raise £2330 for my street children photography project in Mexico City.

Many thanks to those who donated generous prizes for the raffle and auction. A Micky Rourke portrait by Amelia Troubridge, holiday retreats from Marrakech to the Alps (courtesy of the affable John Shield and Karma Resorts respectively), and cider tasting afternoons had our noble bidders’ hands waving. Raffle winners went home with a plethora of goodies, including Freshpak watches, Trolley books and Wowee speakers. Bellies were filled and glasses were drained thanks to the sponsorship provided by James Goff and the hospitality of the Eyre Bros staff.

Thus, a good night was had by all who came in aid of a fundraising evening and also those unsuspecting bar dwellers who promptly took part in the festivities.

The total funds now reach £4405 – only £95 away from the original target. That’s a solid camera or two (and more) going Mexico way!