Bruno delivers a knockout punch for the trust
5th December 2019
Local businesses and supporters came together for this year’s extraordinary Annual Black Tie Dinner and Dance at The Priory in Little Wymondley.
As guests were seated having enjoyed champagne, courtesy of the Wine Society, our Chair, Rob Stewart surprised them with the stirring entrance of one the nations most loved sons - Frank Bruno MBE.
Frank provided an honest, moving, inspirational, humorous and thought-provoking insight into his life as he was interviewed by Rob and was then presented with a special birthday cake followed by a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Rob said afterwards, “I have never seen 170 people stand up in unison when someone walks in the room and deliver such unconditional love and admiration for one person, truly incredible. Frank was fantastic and created an evening of fun and celebration.”
Suzy Moody from HomeStart presented a ‘thank you’ of a Framed Route to Simon Galbraith of Redgate Software for his incredible bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats that has raised an unbelievable £55,280.75 for us back in June. The money will be used to provide a grant to Home-Start Hertfordshire enabling them to completely clear the waiting list of Stevenage families needing support.
There were some amazing lots up for auction including a day cruising on the Solent aboard a fully staffed yacht courtesy of Adrian and Jennie Hawkins from Weldability SIF, a week’s stay at a luxury villa in Majorca thanks to Simon and Pam Galbraith of Redgate Software, tickets to join Ken and Barbara Follett in their private box at Glyndebourne - one of the greatest opera houses in the world, a day at Stevenage FC with matchday hospitality, a vintage Rolls Royce and E Type Jaguar for day thanks to Wallis and Sons, an England Rugby Shirt signed by the team who beat the All Blacks, courtesy of James Sinclair of Finborough School and an exclusive four course dinner at The Wine Society, accompanied by a selection of fine wines to name but a few.
The sole purpose of the event was to raise additional funds for local individuals, organisations and small charities in need. Sue Barnes from Tilehouse Counselling spoke about how their grant of £2480 from had enabled this fantastic organisation to offer brief, focused counselling in a safe, confidential space for young people aged 13-19 in Stevenage.
To end the evening the trusts President Ken Follett and his band, ClogIron, put on a spectacular performance which had the guests dancing until the early hours.
Special thanks to the main event sponsors; Ken and Barbara Follett, The Wine Society, HRJ Foreman Laws, Stevenage Packaging Ltd, Wagstaff’s Chartered Accountants, Own Homes and John Hope.
This year’s outstanding event raised an incredible £35,156, surpassing all previous fundraising from this Annual Dinner and Dance, even beating last year’s previous record total.
2020 is our 30th anniversary year and to celebrate the aim is to raise more money than ever before. Enabling the Trust to give out an unprecedented number of grants in Stevenage and the surrounding area.
These amazing achievements over the last three decades have only been possible thanks to the wonderful support we receive from generous individuals and local businesses who see the difference the Trust makes to the lives of those less fortunate.
Kicking off our 30th Anniversary Year with a ground-breaking partnership with Stevenage FC
Grant for The Red Shed Project
We recently provided a grant of £1,364 to The Red Shed Project to enable them to deliver new workshops for people caring for loved ones with dementia. The weekly sessions offer important respite for carers and help enhance their well-being.
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JCA took on Rough Runner in aid of the Trust
On 7th September 2019, a team of volunteers from JCA Engineering came together to take part in the North London Rough Runner and raised over £1,400 for Stevenage Community Trust and Cancer Research UK. Thank you to everyone who took part or generously donated.
Simon’s cycle challenge raises over £50,000!
Simon Galbraith’s incredible cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats has raised an unbelievable £55,280.75 for Stevenage Community Trust. These donations will be used to provide a grant to Home-Start Hertfordshire to enable them to clear the waiting list of Stevenage families needing support. Our sincere thanks go to Simon for taking on this remarkable challenge and to everyone who generously donated.
Cycling for Stevenage, Simon Galbraith
Simon Galbraith, cycles 938 miles on behalf of Stevenage Community Trust to raise £45k for Home-Start Herts supporting every family on the Stevenage waiting list.
Is your organisation looking for funding?
Applications to our community grants programme are invited from local organisations including charities, community groups, sports clubs and schools who operate in Stevenage and the surrounding villages, or who provide support or services to those living here. Please see our grants page to read our latest guidelines and to download an application form.
Funding for the Over 60’s
Thanks to a substantial donation from The Chauncy Charity, we can continue offering grants specifically to support people in later life. If you are a charity, community or voluntary group supporting older people and are in need of funding for an event, project, equipment or activity, please consider making an application to us.