More than £20,000 has been raised for three Isle of Wight charities at the fourth annual Esplanade Charity Gala.
Nearly 200 guests were welcomed to Gurnard Pines where they were greeted with cocktails and a three-course meal – cooked voluntarily by chef Robert Thompson and his team – and served by a volunteer group of students from Ryde School.
In between courses, guests played a variety of games and bought raffle tickets – with proceeds going towards the cause.
They were also treated to table magic from Illusionist Aaron Isted, followed by a talk from each of the charities detailing exactly how their charities would be benefiting from funds raised at the event.
The local charities receiving an equal share of money raised are The Isle of Wight Sports Foundation, UKSA (Test the Water Programme) and Kissy Puppy.
There was also an auction which saw furious bidding for special lots, including an Official Rugby Ball signed by current England Rugby Union captain, Owen Farrell.
General Manager, Paul Styles said:
“This partnership between Esplanade and Robert Thompson has now seen a total of £67,470 raised for Isle of Wight Charities over the last four years.
“This is something we are extremely proud of and are already thinking about how we can raise even more money in the future.
“Esplanade is proud to put this event together each year and believe that it is unique to the Island as 100% of funds raised from ticket sales, auction, raffle, games go to the charities.
“All costs associated with running the evening are covered by Esplanade, and Robert Thompson generously donates all the food and his time.”
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