Society: Crystal ball for hope
Hope and Homes for Children charity event
The crystal ball had been consulted and rain was expected over Amwell Cottage in Wheathampstead. That evening as the sparkling wine reception began, glittering raindrops did fall on the crystal-bedecked marquee, but that didn’t dampen the dining and dancing within.
More than 200 guests from the county attended the annual black tie Utopia Crystal Ball in support of Hope and Homes for Children. This year they raised over £20,000 for the charity which gives children in countries across the globe an escape from the damaging existence of orphanages and a new life with loving families.
After dinner, served by event sponsor Utopia, guest speaker Rukhiya Budden spoke movingly about her own childhood in an orphanage, which inspired generous bidding in the charity auction. The showers cleared as guests danced into Sunday morning to live band Atticus and the New Decade Discotheque.
Bob Tattar, Alison Bourke, Adam Shutkever, Rani Tattar, John and Geetha Maloney, Carol Shutkever
Utopia Ball committee Lucy Hinchliffe, Rupert Garricks, Michele Sandler, Vicki Gorringe, Maire Gibson, Linda Thompson, Kate Birss, Merete Guillford
Jim Charlton, Jon Collins, Tom Hinchliffe, Ken and Susan Murray, Renee Charlton, Emily Collins, Lucy Hinchliffe
Linda Thompson, Terri Blacker, Sue Prince, Catherine Wells
Ned Birss and Penny Renney
Bill and Sally Barker with Laurel and Olivier Hequet