We will forever be grateful to the amazing Rahul Moodgal and his wonderful committee of Dominic Freemantle, Lucy Elwes, Andy Simpkin and Will Smith who held a beautiful dinner at Claridges in London, to raise funds for our 52-week house and new gap students’ accommodation. 180 of their friends enjoyed ice cold champagne while chatting and listening to the excellent Jazz Band The Max Johnson Trio in the Art Deco reception room.

 

During the delicious dinner in the sparkling ballroom Rahul gave a heart-rending speech explaining why he is so touched and impressed by The Mulberry Bush. While he was speaking the bidding on the silent auction started to go faster. Following a short film giving great insight into our work, David Daniel, an alumnus of the School, spoke for a few minutes describing his life before, during and after his time with us. At this point the bidding went wild. Then Rahul asked if guests would pledge larger donations – and these were SO generous.

The whole evening was such fun, everyone and everything looked so beautiful AND raised a HUGE, AMAZING sum and marvellous donations continue to be made!

 

THANK YOU RAHUL, DOM, LUCY, ANDY AND WILL AND TO ALL THE BIDDERS AND PLEDGERS ON THE EVENING:

Julian Barnett – Ross Berridge – Claudia Blumberg – Caroline Bradley – Tom Brown – Louise Burns – Tyne Cameron-Langford – Aryn Castle – Lucy Challis – Ken Chan – Kate Chetwood – Simon Cook – Shane Cullinane – Maggie DalPont – Tracy de Groose – Barry Egan – Lucy Elwes – Jonathan Fell – Gillian Flanagan – Claire and Dominic Freemantle – Yulia Galasyuk – Andrea Gentilini – Ally Guinle – Michelle Hall – Kelly Hampaul – Richard Heyes – Louise Houghton – Tom Hunt – Jamie Isenwater – Ashley Jarvis and Celia Wong – Stuart Jarvis – Chloe Joseph – Ken Kinsey-Quick – Jacqueline Knific – Martin and Tyne Langford – Chris Lawrence – Daniel Lewis – Erica Marge – Massimo Massimilla – Nick Mayor – Christina and Stewart McGuire – Paul and Jessica McNicholl – Edoardo Mercadante – Penny Millar – Danny Mitchell – Rahul Moodgal – Paolo Mortarotti – Chris Parkinson – Matt Passante – Fergal Pearson – Belinda and Manolo Pedrini – Christina Potts – Sharon and Stuart Powers – Aisling Roberts – Elizabeth Ross – Kamran Salahuddin – Oliver Scully – Joanna Sidgwick – Alberto Signori – Derek Smith – Brad Snyder – Jenna Steeds – Alex Stein – Jonathan Summers – James Tussaud – Mark Woolley – Nick Wright

 

WE ARE ALSO VERY GRATEFUL TO THE WONDERFUL DONORS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND:

Abercrombie and Kent – Louise Burns – Cardano – Christian Cowley – Peter Davies – Judy and Paul DC Trust – Patrick  Degorce – Johnny de la Hey – Jack Eisenstat  – Steve Hilton – The Rosemarie Nathan Charitable Trust – Nas Noorizadeh – Lucinda O’Connor – Michael Perrotti – Jonathan and Alexia Quinn – Richard Ward

 

AND WE THANK THE STALL HOLDERS:

They were also able to buy beautiful jewellery from Zevar Silver, delicious preserves from The Preservation Society, extraordinary tea from T-Sticks, alcoholic pastilles from Smith & Sinclair and arrange to have casts made of their children’s hands and feet from Image Casting, all of whom very kindly have donated a percentage of their takings to The Mulberry Bush.

 

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(All photographs by Zoe Norfolk)