Hi Kent fundraiser

Kent Life - - Society -

Hi Kent, the lo­cal char­ity that helps the county’s 350,000 deaf and hard of hear­ing peo­ple, held its an­nual fundrais­ing din­ner at the Lon­don Beach Ho­tel in Ten­ter­den. The event was hosted by Hi Kent’s pa­tron, the Rt Hon Ann Wid­de­combe, whose af­ter-din­ner speech ‘Af­ter The House’, cov­er­ing her time in Par­lia­ment right up to her re­cent ap­pear­ance on Celebrity

Big Brother, was fol­lowed by a lively Q&A. Ann also chat­ted with din­ers and signed copies of her books, which were sold to ben­e­fit Hi Kent. Kent-based French ma­gi­cian Eti­enne Pradier en­ter­tained din­ers with some spec­tac­u­lar close-up tricks and il­lu­sions. Many civic dig­ni­taries from all over Kent at­tended, as well as Hi Kent Trustees, staff and sup­port­ers, and a to­tal of £3,075 was raised in sup­port of the char­ity dur­ing the evening.

The Rt Hon Ann Wid­de­combe, civic dig­ni­taries, Hi Kent Trustees, staff and sup­port­ers

Cllr Kim Bot­ting, Mayor of Brom­ley, Cllr Cal­lum Knowles, Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, Mayor of Ash­ford, Cllr Steve Isles, Mayor of Med­way, CllrPat Bosley, Chair­man of Sevenoaks Dis­trict Coun­cil, Cllr David Naghi, Mayor of Maid­stone, An­gela Vin­cent and Cllr Ian Bosley

Ann West MBE, Rt Hon Ann Wid­de­combe and Nadra Ahmed OBE, Pres­i­dent of Hi Kent

Mary Hog­a­rth, May­oress of Sevenoaks, Cllr Pat Bosley, Chair­man of Sevenoaks Dis­trict Coun­cil, Cllr Pam Bates, Mayor of Ton­bridge & Malling and Jenny Cooper

Ma­gi­cian Eti­enne Pradier en­ter­tains guests

Cathy and Cllr David Owen with Mark Storey

The Rt Hon Ann Wid­de­combe, Doreen Beck­ham and Tina Beck­ham

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