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An exclusive evening with Lord Julian Fellowes raises record amount of £22,891

Article courtesy of Glen King, Glen King PR & Marketing

On Thursday 10 October a charity dinner, organised by The John Casson Foundation, took place in aid of South West adoption agency Families for Children. 70 guests attended the sell-out event at Gidleigh Park, generously sponsored by wealth Management Company Brewin Dolphin Exeter and independent wine merchant Private Cellar raising £23,000 for the charity.

Guests enjoyed an entertaining and memorable talk from the award-winning actor and writer of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, which was made even more special as the fourth series is currently showing on ITV. This was followed by a mouth-watering gourmet dinner created by Gidleigh Park’s two Michelin Star Chef, Michael Caines MBE, who was himself adopted through Families for Children and a Patron of Families for the charity.

Ally Colton, Families for Children Fundraising and Publicity Co-ordinator says: “All the guests had a fabulous evening and we would like to sincerely thank Lord Julian Fellowes and everyone who sponsored and attended this event. All of the money raised will be used to support our adoptive families who parent children from abusive backgrounds and together we can change these children’s lives, giving them the tools to become responsible, loving adults.”

During the evening BBC Broadcaster and Vice Patron of Families for Children Judi Spiers addressed the audience explaining the work of the charity, her emotional speech obviously struck a chord with the audience who gave generously during the auction. This was a lively event with some amazing lots including a VIP experience and diamond pendant donated by Michael Spiers which sold for £1,400 and contributed to an incredible total of just under £23,000 being raised on the night.

Richard Pike, Divisional Director – Brewin Dolphin Exeter Office says: “We were delighted to once again be the main sponsor for this wonderful charity fundraising event. John Casson works extremely hard to make these events highly-successful and raise substantial monies for worthy causes”.

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Photograph courtesy of Darren Strange.

Families for children adoption agency in Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly