"We were overwhelmed with the tremendous effort and determination by members of the Berkeley team to organise such an amazing evening." Bexley SNAP
The charity offers support to families with disabled children. Around 400 guests were present for the boxing matches and the auction which occurred later that evening. The boxing and auction managed to raise a staggering £55,000 combined which is a Berkeley record for the most money raised by a single event.
The evening began with a champagne reception where guests were greeted by an opera set performed by Secret Strings, a string trio. Dinner and a series of boxing matches followed the performance; the matches were 8 rounds long and consisted of four junior and four adult bouts. A string of professional boxers were also present at the event and four guests from Bexley SNAP attended as V.I.P's.
After the rounds of boxing had concluded, comedian and actor Bob Mills conducted the auction which sold items from the opportunity to fly in a WWII spitfire plane to signed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo shirts. Berkeley Homes directors Daniel Cooper and Danny Ellis were also up for auction, and subcontractors bid £4,500 to hire them as 'dogsbodies for the day'.
"We were overwhelmed with the tremendous effort and determination by members of the Berkeley team to organise such an amazing evening. The excellent working partnerships between Berkeley and the companies present was clear to see and everyone's support and generosity to Snap was incredible. Small charities such as ours rely heavily on donations but we have not been privileged before to have an event organised on this scale. The money raised will have a huge impact on the charity enabling us to prepare for the future, strengthen our organisation, invest in staff and volunteers, and broaden and diversify our services to meet the demands of our members. We thank you all for your part in helping us to improve the lives of disabled children and their families in Bexley!" - Bexley SNAP