On Thursday 19th October, Hope for Children was joined at The Renaissance Hotel St Pancras, London by over 260 guests at The Hope Ball 2017, and raised a staggering £81,623.
The 2017 edition of The Hope Ball was supporting our Head Held High appeal, which is raising £250,000 to transform the lives of at least 1,500 vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in Ghana and East Africa by improving their access to a quality education. Every pound donated to the appeal before 23 December 2017 will be matched by the UK Government, so the final amount raised on the night was a record-breaking £160,000.
Our headline event of the year isn’t just about raising money; it’s about having a fantastically fun night. On arrival at the Champagne Reception in the Ladies Smoking Room, guests were welcomed by the velvet tones of Blithe Saxon before making their way down to the Hansom Hall for dinner. All 24 tables in the room were named after children and parents who have been supported by Hope for Children this year.
The Hope Ball is also our chance to come together as a charity of staff, supporters, donors and volunteers – The Hope Family – to celebrate all that has been achieved in the name of Hope for Children in the last 12 months. After a rambunctious Heads & Tails, The Hope Awards were once again hosted by Hope for Children Ambassador, Suzanne Shaw, and Head of Fundraising & Communications, Ed Fletcher, to do just this.
The winners of The Hope Awards 2017 are:
- Student Fundraiser of the Year 2017 Winner: Laura De Haan
- Team Hope 2017 Award Winner: Adrian May
- Empowering Hope 2017 Award Winner: Taking Pictures, Changing Lives
- Corporate Partner of the Year 2017 Award Winner: Jet2.com & Jet2Holidays
There was a surprise award for one very special man in the audience. The Outstanding Contribution to Hope Award isn’t given out every year, only when there is an individual that is truly deserving of such recognition. In 2017, there was a unanimous decision to honour Chris Hughes on the 10th anniversary of his support of Hope for Children.
Since 2007, Chris has raised in excess of £700,000 with the support of his wife, Linda, close friend Trevor Foley, and the wider Events for Namuwongo community to transform the lives of thousands of people in a slum in Kampala, Uganda. His energy and unwavering belief in people’s ability to create transformational change continues to inspire on a daily basis.
“There is always an air of excitement and anticipation surrounding The Hope Ball; this year, we’ve taken that to another level. The warmth and generosity of everyone in attendance has been incredible, and it is unbelievably humbling to be in a room filled with such passion and belief in the life-changing work of Hope for Children. No one more encapsulates this than Chris, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to honour his years of dedication this evening” – Murielle Maupoint, CEO.
The night was capped off with the launch of the Head Held High Appeal video, which tells the stories of Mary and Allan, and how education is transforming their lives, and empowering them to live with their heads held high.