England shirt makes hospice ball a winner
A RUGBY shirt donated by former England player Lawrence Dallaglio and signed by all the 2005 team helped raise a massive £17,271 for the Pilgrims Hospice. The money was raised at the silver anniversary ball at the Ashford International Hotel, which was attended by 230 businesspeople and supporters of the charity. Derek Gilburt, managing director of Ashford-based construction company GSE, who organised the event, said: “I am extremely pleased the ball raised such a handsome amount.
“It was a genuine desire to make the time to do something that will benefit others in times of illness.” Guests were entertained by exEastEnders actor and singer Shaun Williamson, while Michael Hogben, the auctioneer from the TV series Flog It!, handled the sale of items on the night,
raising nearly £8,000. They included a day’s sailing on a yacht called the Femme Fatale, followed by dinner in a top restaurant, first class Eurostar travel to Paris, and a silk painting by film actor Peter Cushing. Mr Gilburt, whose company is building the STOP 24 service station at Junction 11 of the M20, added: “It was a night to remember for a very good cause and we hope to make it an annual event.”
Organiser Derek Gilburt and his wife Natalie (centre back) with, from left, Richard Barlow, Sue Barlow, Stephanie Bongioanni, Isabel CrostonMartin, Michael Hogben and Lesley Hogben at the Pilgrims Hospice ball, which raised £17,271