Drakes jewellers raised £13,720 for St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth at its 2015 Diamond Gala.
On Saturday November 14, 330 people attended a black tie event hosted by David Fitzgerald at the Holiday Inn.
Guests enjoyed a three course meal, a ‘Stand for a Grand’ competition and music from London group, Ambassador Band, who played until the early hours of the morning.
Guest were also invited to take part in a charity raffle and a live and silent auction which included prizes such as a Princess Yacht boating experience, a luxury car for the weekend, diamond jewellery, sporting memorabilia and the chance to become the editor of the Herald for the day.
The event was organised by Drake’s director, Monique Hirshman, who comments: “I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and the feedback I have received from the Drakes Diamond Gala 2015. After the success of the last Gala in 2013, it was something I wanted to do again to help raise some more money for St Luke’s.
“It was fantastic to see everyone having such a great time and supporting such a worthwhile cause. I am so grateful to everyone who was involved in the Drakes Diamond Gala and made it possible to raise another substantial amount for St Luke’s. We hope this money will go a long way in supporting the amazing work they do.”
St Luke’s Hospice relies on donations to fund their facilities and the work that they do. Responding to the money raised by Drakes, Lorna Damella, corporate fundraiser, St Luke’s Hospice, says: “On behalf of St Luke’s Hospice, I would like to thank Monique and her team at Drakes for raising such a huge amount of money for the Hospice at the Diamond Gala.
“At St Luke’s we rely heavily on the support of our local business community to raise the £4 million a year needed to continue our vital work providing specialist palliative medical and nursing care for over 3000 patients and their families across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall each year. Without the support of businesses like Drakes we really would not be able to do this.”