Long Awaited Celebration
The second Alice House Hospice Celebration Dinner took place at Wynyard Hall on 18 March 2022, after two long years in the making.
The first of these events took place shortly before the start of the pandemic and following its success, a second dinner was quickly booked for late 2020.
Out of necessity and ongoing restrictions, this event was postponed a number of times before finally going ahead and raising over £11,000 for Alice House.
As before, the night was organised with the help of Hartlepool businesses and Hospice partners Orangebox Training and Property Webmasters. Around one hundred guests attended the prestigious venue for a night of fundraising, fine dining and first-class entertainment.
Guests were treated to a drinks reception with live music from singer songwriter Lee Maddison, before being seated for a three course dinner. Throughout the night, people were astonished and delighted by close-up magic from the incredible Paul Lytton before making way for headline band The Fallen, who packed the dancefloor whilst delivering two sets of high energy rock and pop covers from the ‘60s to the present day.
Image: Live entertainment from The Fallen
Also in attendance were staff from Santander in Hartlepool, who volunteered their time to help run the raffle and auction and raised £2,000 towards the event total via the bank’s Matched Funding scheme.
The dinner was compered by Orangebox CEO Simon Corbett, who also warmed up the audience and oversaw the night’s fundraising activities. Property Webmasters designed and produced all of the event’s branding and stationery.
A first for this event was a motor racing challenge using a Virtual Reality racing simulator, in which guests took part in a fastest lap competition with the winner taking a Formula 1 style magnum of Prosecco. This was organised by NEVRlabs, the Hospice’s gaming and technology centre, which also raises money for patient care.