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The Jo Walters Trust St Andrew's Ball, 2014

What a fantastic night we had at the Lansdowne Club in London, where 125 guests gathered on Saturday the 22nd of November to have a Scottish themed evening, raising money for the Jo Walters Trust. We started off with a champagne reception and then moved through to the ball room for a delicious supper. After supper, Jamie Spencer from Feedback Madagascar delivered a great talk explaining more about how Feedback Madagascar had used the grant the Jo Walters Trust had given them earlier in 2014. It was inspiring to hear how over 650 people had benefitted from the grant, and how the seed nurseries had provided so much value to the 21 communities involved. 

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These pictures are all on Facebook at a better resolution so if you want to download any, please do take them from our page here: https://www.facebook.com/JoWaltersTrust - there are some really lovely ones!

While the tables were removed from the ball room, we were thoroughly entertained by the auctioneer and MC for the evening, Eddie Latter, who managed to get everyone very much in the mood for bidding on an auction lot by starting off raising £470 in donations, in just 90 seconds, to persuade Charlie Bradford to shave off his Movember moustache. Happily, Charlie deemed this sufficient and he was restored to his handsome, clean-shaven self within minutes. Hoorah!

The amazing auction lots which had been donated by so many wonderful people really caught people's attention, and we managed to raise a huge amount from the generous bids. We're certain that everyone who won an auction lot will be absolutely delighted with their prize - hopefully we can share some photos of them in action in due course.

After the auction, Jo's mother Verity picked the winning two raffle tickets from the huge punch bowl, and Rorie Evans was the lucky winner of the week in the skiing chalet for ten, and Hugo Hudson won the Frugi vouchers. We're so grateful to both Jon and Tor Lerner for donating the skiing raffle prize, and Frugi for the voucher. The raffle alone raised nearly £4,000 which is incredible. Thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets!

With all the formalities out of the way, it was time for some dancing. The wonderful band, Super Grouse were superb as always, and led us through a Dashing White Sargent, Eightsome and Foursome reels, the Reel of the 51st Highland Division and several more. It was lovely to see so many people taking part, especially those who were new to Scottish reels! It was a very creditable performance. 

We can't thank everyone enough for coming along, but we especially want to mention Georgina Coleman who gave up so much time to make the whole thing happen, and also Jo's cousin, Laura Walters, who brought a huge party, and offered so much help - always at just the right moments - thank you both very much. The final total we raised on the night was just over £19,000, an incredible achievement by everybody! So many people did huge amounts to help us achieve this - thank you all! 

Finally, thanks to our auction donors and sponsors, we are indcredibly grateful for their generosity:

Not forgetting Charlie Bradford's Moustache...

Thanks too to Thomas Ball who so kindly took the wonderful pictures we've shared here. 

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