On the 13th July, we held our main fundraising event for the Winnovator Challenge a 1920s Gala Dinner with a murder mystery, live music and a raffle (not sure we could fit much more into one night)!
This event has taken us months of planning and preparation, and without sounding too confident it went off without one hiccup! This event really showed too us as a team at just how far we have grown and how well we have learnt to work with each other. We had 95 people attend, with attendees being Portsmouth Water employees, directors and managers, external stakeholders and also the general public. It is fair too say that we reached a lot of people about Water Aid and the work they carry out, whilst having a laugh and a dance too!
The event was held at Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island, it has the most beautiful room which over looks onto the sea, and the sunset that night was extraordinary. Attendees enjoyed a 3 course meal, with coffee and a few drinks, and were able to witness the magic and partly chaos that is Smoke and Mirrors. Smoke and Mirrors are an external company who perform Murder Mystery’s around the U.K and they sure entertained everyone with a murder called A Turn for the Nurse. We then held a raffle which had over 23 prizes and raised an extra £410 for Water Aid! Later on we had Lemonade provide some live music for everyone, and everyone had a wonderful time listening and dancing to some amazing covers.
We had 9 sponsors for the event, who were Stonbury, Majestic Marine Services, European Geophysical Surveys, Solent Excavations, Cappagh, Trant Engineering, Bridges Electrical, HydroCo and our headline sponsor Ancala and Portsmouth Water. This night would not have been possible without them, so we thank them kindly for supporting us and Water Aid and the amazing work they carry out across the world.
With all of this being said its time to announce our final total raised from the night… We raised a huge £3118.83!!! Thank you to everyone that attended the night, donated a raffle prize or sponsored the event, we really couldn’t have made such an amazing figure from the night and just can’t explain how grateful we are for your support! This means that we have currently raised over £7500!! and it keeps going up every single day!
Now onto the last few events of the Summer before the final total… We are edging closer too that £10,000!