The 1940’s themed charity evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters, was hosted by the April Fools Club, and celebration of the inspiring work of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The 300 guests were greeted at Plaisterers Hall with a drinks reception supplied by Tarquins Gin, Spitfire ales and Justerini Champagne, followed by a 3-course sit-down dinner.
The whole evening was hosted by Brian Blessed OBE, with a silent and live auction run by Givergy which raised collectively more than £100,000. All the funds raised are going towards respite care for people serving in the RAF. They already have their flagship care home, Princess Marina House situated on the seafront in Rustington, West Sussex. With the funds raised they are going to build more houses. The home offers a short recuperative break to serving or ex-Service members of the RAF family in a comfortable and tranquil environment.
There was an array of entertainment throughout the evening, from military magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones (winner of Britain’s Got Talent) walking around and playing tricks on the guests, to the RAF Band playing beautifully in the background while guests wined and dined. The main performance was by ESCALA, an all-female electric string quartet, after all the speeches, live auction and the Loyal Toast, Jeanie Barton and her band then performed for everyone until late.