Annual Benevolent Ball raises £30,000 for charity

The 79th annual Benevolent Society Ball raised £30,000 for charity alongside the BJA Member Awards. (Image: Coneyl Jay)

Benevolent Ball celebrated its 79th anniversary alongside BJA Awards.

The 79th annual British Jewellery & Giftware Federation Benevolent Society Ball took place on December 4 at The St John’s Hotel, Solihull, raising some £30,000 for charity.

The event, which coincides with the British Jewellers’ Association’s Member Awards, attracts guests from the jewellery trade, The Giftware Association and other member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation.

More than 370 guests attended the black tie evening event, with many companies using it as the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas with staff and their colleagues in the trade.

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This year, tables were taken by WB The Creative Jewellery Group, the National Association of Goldsmiths, the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), Charles Green & Sons, Gems TV, Continental Jewellery, Diamonds Please, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, Cookson Gold, C W Sellors and T H March.

During the evening, a charity auction as conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, with lots including lunch for 12 at The Birmingham Assay Office, a silver curve claret jug donated by silversmith Martyn Pugh, and a full VIP package to an NEC Venue donated by Paul Thandi and Kathryn James of the NEC Group.

Guests were also entertained by a tombola and raffle, supported by the Federation’s Giftware Association Michael Papé of Ravensden PLC, which included a selection of Tiger Toys that guests played with at the photo board.

Additionally, the Benevolent Society received a substantial donation from The Surface Engineering Association which was represented by its Chairman Stephen Parkes of LB Parkes & Co Ltd and by a table from Ashton & Moore.

The Benevolent Society Ball will return on Thursday December 3 2015

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