Dinner raises thousands
names from the worlds of polo and riding came together on Valentines
night to raise funds for two charities Brooke Hospital for
Animals and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
event saw society figures converging at Loseley Park in Guildford,
Surrey for an auspicious Valentines dinner and celebrity auction.
the personalities donating promises, were horse racing legend Lester
Piggott, trainer Josh Gifford and racing commentator John McCririck.
Other lots included a signed Eric Clapton CD, an Arnold Schwarzenegger
autographed photograph and an entire set of original Womble books
signed by their author, Elizabeth Beresford.
Michael Baker (chief executive of Brooke Hospital for Animals),
Dr. Robert Clifford-Jones (consultant neurologist and Motor Neurone
supporter), Julia Franklin (trustee of the MND Association and local
Branch Chair), Hopie Dimond (co-organiser and Brooke supporter),
Robert Montague-Woolger (co-organiser and Brooke supporter).
the end of the night, the auction and sale of tickets had raised
more than £3,000, equally divided between Brooke and the MND
Association. The money will go towards improving the lives of working
equines and their impoverished owners in parts of the developing
world and to providing care and support for people living with MND
in Sussex and Surrey.
Dimond, organiser of the event along with Robert Montague-Woolger,
both of whom are long-standing supporters of the Brooke, said of
the occasion: "It was a fantastic evening and, thanks
to the generosity of the guests, it will help us to reach working
horses in desperate need. The Brooke's work of providing veterinary
support for hundreds of thousands of working animals is only possible
because of our supporters and events like these."
Franklin, trustee of the MND Association and local Branch Chair,
joined Hopie in congratulating all those involved in organising
the event and also took the opportunity to thank attendees for their
Association depends entirely on donations to continue its
work and we are grateful for all the help we receive, she
said. The dinner was a great success and raised valuable funds,
which will assist us in offering the continued support and services
to those affected by MND in our area and also research in the causes
- and ultimately a cure, for this fatal disease.
Brooke Hospital for Animals was founded in 1934 to improve the condition
and well being of equine animals overseas by providing free veterinary
treatment for the working horses, donkeys and mules of some of the
poorest people in the world and by advising and training their owners.
is the only organisation dedicated to providing veterinary treatment
for working equines, alongside the training of owners, to bring
about lasting change. It operates in Egypt, Jordan, India and Pakistan.
MND Association was established in 1979 and now has over 85 branches
across the country each dedicated to providing care and support
for people with MND and their families. The Association also funds
vital research into causes, treatments and a cure for this devastating
and fatal disease.
leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but the intellect
and the senses remain unaffected. People with MND can still think
and feel, but their muscles refuse to work. Three people a day die
from MND in the UK, affecting over 5,000 people in this country
alone, at any one time. Average life expectancy is just 14 months