Last month, over 220 friends, family and supporters of Hope for Children came together for The Hope Ball 2016 at the stunning Royal Horseguards Hotel overlooking the River Thames in Central London.

Guests were welcomed by the stunning vocals of Emma Hughes, daughter of long-time supporter Chris, setting the scene for an intimate, inspiring and above all, fun evening.

Commenting on the challenges vulnerable children still face today, Murielle Maupoint, delivered a powerful and poignant opening speech stating “this lottery of where and to whom you are born: I refuse to accept”.

During dinner, it was revealed that each table had been named after one of the children we’ve supported in the last year, and little Stories of Hope gave all a personal insight into the real impact of Hope for Children.

Each year, The Hope Ball is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our supporters over the last 12 months and this year The Annual Hope Awards were presented by Hope Ambassador Suzanne Shaw.

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Suzanne Shaw hosting The Annual Hope for Children Awards

No award winner was more deserving than the recipient of the Student Fundraiser of the Year, 4th Year Exeter University student Sam Jackson. “I felt humbled and hugely grateful – not only to win the award, but also to have had the opportunity to represent student fundraisers and their tireless hard work for Hope for Children!”, said Sam.

After taking part in the Jungle Ultra in June, an epic 230km trek through the Peruvian Jungle, Mark Harber pipped Lynn Dodd and husband and wife team, Mark and Andrea Snow to the Team Hope Award, whilst founding Your Business, Their Lives partner, Zonal, walked away with the Corporate Partner of the Year Award for the 2nd Year running.

This year we introduced a new accolade, The Empowering Hope Award, which considered companies who have given their skills and expertise to further the charity’s internal capacity to improve and develop. Digital transformation agency, LAB, became the inaugural winners of the award and Managing Director, Tom Head, received the award on behalf of the team.

Speaking after the night, Tom commented that “The Empowering Hope Award was by far the most meaningful accolade we won in 2016. To be able to work on projects that have such purpose, alongside great people, is why we get up in the morning!”

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Tom Head, Director of LAB, receiving The Empowering Hope Award.

Following the dinner and launch of our appeal video – What Hope Means to You (which can still be viewed on our Facebook & YouTube channels) – the Live and Silent Auction, hosted by the hysterical Roger Dakin, brought the night to a climax. After some careful counting, it was revealed that the night had raised a staggering £32,543.

Thank you to all who made it such a spectacular night! Now to 2017 planning…

Posted on December 2nd, 2016