£23,000 just Dovely jubbly for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

‘FROM Wentworth with Dove’ was the message as a James Bond theme helped Woking & Sam Beare Hospices net £23,000 at the most prestigious event in their calendar.

The charities certainly had A Licence to Thrill at Wentworth Golf Club at the end of last month, raking in thousands thanks to a sparkling reception featuring a red carpet complete with paparazzi and an Aston Martin DB9.

Guests were greeted with a welcoming drink as pianist Daniel Green provided some light entertainment during the reception.

The Ballroom was transformed for a truly stylish and unforgettable evening where guests sat down to enjoy a three-course meal with wine, followed by coffee and confection.

There was plenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the night with live music from Soul and Motown singer JD Fitzgerald, a Bond-themed photobooth, live auction, casino tables and a dancefloor.

Cutting edge magician Tom Silburn also featured, showcasing his sophisticated magic tricks that used everything from cards, coins, bottles and wine glasses to items borrowed from guests.

The live auction alone raised more than £8,000, with prizes including VIP tickets to see artists Madonna, Simply Red and Status Quo in concert, a framed McLaren T-shirt and cap signed by Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, a Bond poster signed by Dame Judi Dench, and the top prize of a stay at the Rickety Bridge Winery in South Africa, which went for £2,700.

Events Fundraising Manager Danielle Le Cuirot said: “We were delighted to welcome 150 of our supporters to our Dove Ball. It was a fantastic night and we are really grateful to everyone who contributed so generously to the night to help us raise more than £23,000.

“We’d also like to say thank you to our sponsors, Cheesmans Brothers, RR Elite Ltd and Andrew Boschier Photography.”

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