160 people had a ‘wow of a time’ at the 17th Annual Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Spring Dance at the Rembrandt Hotel, raising over £30,000.
Our fundraising is for good causes such as the Hackney Carriage Drivers Magical Disney Tour for seriously ill Children. Kelly Gavin, mum of a child that had been on a trip to Disney in Paris, explained how her young son had held the memory of meeting his favourite Disney characters, taking part in the Disney parade, and how special this first trip abroad was for him. Kelly received a standing ovation for her first public speech, and there was not a dry eye in the house.
During dinner, singer Ire J led the music with his smooth delivery of soul classics. Later in the evening, the Tina Turner tribute act had the audience up and dancing, with the male volunteers who formed the ‘Tina Dancers’ moving with surprising agility and a great hit!
Another charity to benefit was the Security Benevolent Fund.
This was set up by the Worshipful Company to offer help for those who have been employed in the security sector but need a helping hand. Some have become carers whilst holding down a full- time job. Some recipients have needed short term financial help so they can continue working, or access to mobility assistance. The SBF and Trustees deal with many personal issues and increasingly those who are suffering from mental health issues.
Our thanks to Hikvision who sponsored the Spring Dance. Companies and individuals who generously donated auction items include Baroness Henig, Wilson James, AV Group, Open View, 3 MI Battalion, Clifford Chance, Gratte Brothers, HMS Medway, Reliance Group Holdings, Raj Kapoor, Google, Roger Foord, RAF Regiment, Risk Panel, Jon Harvey, SSR Personnel, Pertemps Group, Tyco Security Products.
As in previous years, the team effort and member support was outstanding and we appreciate thanks received from the Master and many others.
The company thanks everyone who bought a seat, who brought a guest, bought a raffle ticket, bid in the auction – all of you who donated. Without YOUR support, we could not deliver such a successful evening.
Peter French MBE