Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice held its inaugural Gala Dinner last night and raised a phenomenal £500,000 towards its Building The Ark Campaign. The event took place at The Pavilion at the iconic Tower of London and was attended by over 400 guests.
TV presenter and actress, Gaby Roslin (pictured), was the host for the evening, alongside Noah’s Ark Chair of Trustees, Jeremy Isaacs, CBE.
The Gala Dinner – a pledge event for major donors – was both a fundraiser for the Building The Ark campaign and a celebration of the progress we have made so far. In 2017 a total of 234 families were supported by Noah’s Ark, 890 hours of creative therapy were provided, along with 3,850 hours of Specialist Care and 13,000 hours of volunteer support.
From 2019, having a physical building to work from will allow Noah’s Ark to serve more families in North and Central London.
Nilesh Jethwa, Trustee of Noah’s Ark, attended the event and said, “In amongst the familiar faces of the Noah’s Ark family, there were so many people who are new to the charity from different walks of life who now understand the critical need for The Ark. I spoke to a lot of brilliant people tonight who are keen to get involved as a donor or volunteer. It’s great to see our family grow.”
Penny Chalmers, long-time supporter, also attended along with husband John Hayward and said, “The night has been truly fantastic. We met some lovely people and heard some very inspiring talks – I feel quite emotional thinking about them. Noah’s Ark is such an amazing charity and the whole event was brilliantly organised. We’re great supporters and will definitely be back next year.”
Ru Watkins, Chief Executive, said, “Noah’s Ark has achieved much over the last few years – and it is the input of the children and families as to what they need that has guided our services development. The Ark, a building designed by our families, will complement our Hospice-at-Home activity across North and Central London and will enable us to develop further children and family centered services. For us all it is a hugely exciting but also poignant time.”
Alison Goodman, Director of Income Generation and Communications, explained, “As the charity grows, so does the challenge of ‘keeping the The Ark afloat’, and each year our magnificent supporters rise to that challenge. And they certainly did last night. We are overwhelmed with our guests’ generosity and delighted to welcome so many new supporters to the Noah’s Ark family.”
Dr Rachel Black, Director of Care, said, “The Ark will be a place where children, young people and parents have the opportunity to regain some autonomy at a time when so much of life can seem out of control. They will be able to spend time alone or with other families, forming supportive networks and building resilience for what might seem to be an unimaginable future.”