So­ci­ety: Crys­tal ball for hope

Hope and Homes for Chil­dren char­ity event

Hertfordshire Life - - CONTENTS -

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

At­ti­cus en­ter­tain

Linda Thomp­son, Terri Blacker, Sue Prince, Cather­ine Wells

Ned Birss and Penny Ren­ney

Bill and Sally Barker with Lau­rel and Olivier He­quet

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