The annual Hope for Children Burns’ Night event, which was held here in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 24th January, raised an incredible £4,300 for our projects in East Africa.

The night began with our founder, Dr Bob Parsons OBE, greeting guests upon their arrival, while Scottish bagpipes played suitably in the background. The evening then featured a host of Scottish traditions – mostly involving haggis.

Guests enjoyed the piping of the haggis, the address to the haggis, a wee dram toast to the haggis, and then the haggis itself. A Scottish delicacy, and rightly so, some even went back for seconds.

Other entertainment involved Scottish singing, courtesy of Sarah Moreton and Christine Guy. Both an auction and raffle were also held which were also very well received. The latter was led by the entertaining Scotsman, Toni Massa, who kicked off the bidding wars and delivered the lovely prizes. These included a round of golf, bottles of Scotch, and a few weekends away. Together the auction and raffle raised over £2,000 which is incredible in itself! The night was then topped off by a lively Ceilidh. It was lovely to see everybody getting involved and showing off their best Scottish dance moves.

The HOPE team, including our founder Bob Parsons, all had a brilliant time at the Burns’ Night (as you can see in the photo above!). For some, it was a completely new experience and for others it was a wonderful repeated tradition. Particular highlights of the night were the team getting involved in the auction and the Ceilidh.

Thank you to all the guests, to everyone that helped out on the night, and all those who kindly donated auction and raffles prizes. A special thank you goes to Lynn Charnock, Mike and Jacky Atkins, Kirsten Gunward and Bob Parsons for organising such a wonderfully successful event yet again! HOPE are so grateful for all the hard work you put in to these events so thank you to you and to all the loyal supporters in the local community, who make the event so successful.

If you would like to hold your own event in aid of Hope for Children, then contact us!

Posted on January 30th, 2015