The Royal Hotel in Ventnor, Isle of Wight (www.royalhoteliow.co.uk) holds a fantastic annual fundraising gala dinner on behalf of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, with the 2012 event spectacularly raising over £37,000 which smashed all previous totals!
All the gala dinners have been great but this year was exceptional, It
has been such a difficult time for a lot of small independent charities and having the support of the Royal and Bestival to generate funds, goodwill and raise awareness has been truly heart-warming and uplifting.
Eileen Monks, Director of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
The live auction was conducted by auctioneer Becky Ball from Hose Rhodes & Dickson Auction Room and raised over £10,000. Lots included the very special chance to be side stage for the Sunday mainline act at the Bestival as well as grand tier box at the Albert Hall and the opportunity to have a portrait painted by acclaimed artist Evgeniya Buyanova. A silent auction included lots from artist Matthew Chambers, Goodleaf Tree Climbing, Barefoot on the Beach, Jenny Sprackling, The Garlic Farm, Really Well Made, Wine Therapy, Rapanui, BeCalmed,Lakeside Spa Hotel, Morgans Restaurant , Pete Jenness, Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays, Body Byrne, Wisteria Gallery and Isle of Wight Adventure Activities. Toastmaster Roger Holmes assisted throughout the evening.
After a delicious four-course seasonal dinner, guests were entertained by Edana Minghella and band.
Edana is captivating and moving in equal parts - it was the perfect end to a very special evening
William Bailey, Owner, Royal Hotel
The monies raised by the evening will go toward the Youth Trust’s ‘Works’ programme which helps and supports young islanders experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol. The High Sheriff, Nick Hayward, gave a speech highlighting the fact that the island has huge pockets of deprivation and some of the worst national statistics for youth drink and drug misuse. He reinforced that is why it’s so important to support the Youth Trust who provide a life saving and life-changing service to young islanders.
Sometimes I think there is a tendency to believe that recovery from drug and alcohol misuse is an impossible dream, something we might wish for but is never going to be achieved. The challenge for us as a society is to allow people to recover, to get into work and back into social groups. The Works is committed to helping young people find their road to recovery and the money raised from the gala dinner will go a long way in helping those young people realise their dream.
Dr Sarah Bromley, trustee of the IWYT