Lionhearts raise more than £10,000 for charity with Safari Super at Foxhills

CHARITY chiefs earned their stripes – and spots! – in a scintillating Safari Supper that transformed Foxhills from a golf resort into a game reserve on Thursday.

The extravagant walk on the wild side, laid on by New Haw charity Eikon and Surrey Chamber of Commerce,crossed fundraising with business networking at the glamorous Ottershaw resort.

LEADER OF THE PACK - Chris Hickford is the founder of Eikon

LEADER OF THE PACK – Chris Hickford is the founder of Eikon

The evening is set to generate more than £10,000 for the organisation through a raffle and auctions, ably led by international business consultant, Michael Maynard.

Eikon, a charity which provides support to vulnerable young people through youth clubs and in-school counselling, currently have staff in four schools, including Fullbrook where their head office can be found.

Generous guests were given a roaring welcome by students of the Guildford School of Acting, while talented pianist Joe Lee of Party Pianos dazzled diners with his delicious display on the Ivories. The students, wonderfully kitted out as lions, tigers and warthogs, then came together in a unique melody of songs including Disney classics from the Lion King and The Jungle Book.

Prior to a musical chair-style three course meal, Charlotte (left), one of the teenagers who the charity supports, addressed the crowd which included mayor of Runnymede Linda Gillham.

Organiser Jessica Maybanks said: “All the money from the night will go towards supporting vulnerable young people in Surrey. At Eikon, our vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who positively contribute to society.

“We believe that every young person should have someone to turn to when they are facing a difficult time in their life, and strongly in early intervention– helping young people overcome issues before they become significant problems.

“I am especially grateful to sponsors Mundays, GlaxoSmithKline, Arcom IT and Innovate for supporting the event – alongside Joe Lee from Party Pianos for the entertainment, and Guildford School of Acting students for their incredible medley.”

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