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S.P.A.C.E Ball Raises £16,300 for Rainbow

Posted: August 3, 2015 Time: 3:39 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Space ad logoOn Saturday 11th July, 250 guests attended the inaugural Solent Professional Annual Charity Event, held at the new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The Ball hosted and organised by prominent Solent professionals , raised just over £16,000 in aid of The Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education in Fareham.

The theme of the Ball was not surprisingly space and there were some witty touches such as light sabres for table decorations and old school space invader machines in the bar.

M.C  for the night was Saints legend, Nicky Banger who got the Ball off to a lively start with a knock out quiz game which had the whole ballroom up on their feet and waving their knives, forks and spoons in the air. Guests enjoyed a night of excellent food served with exquisite wine from Stone Gorge 1908 and had the opportunity participate in an ibid auction . After dinner, auctioneer, Hugh Edmeads from Christies conducted an exciting live auction featuring exclusive prizes such as a Diamond Cluster Earrings, a stay at Gleneagles and a Kia Picanto.  The evening was rounded off with dancing to the excellent Fat Cat Soul Band.

But the most poignant moment of the night came when  Haanagh Smith whose  4 year old son Reuben attended The Rainbow Centre for  3 years gave a moving speech about the impact that Rainbow has had on her family’s lives saying,

Arriving with Reuben at Rainbow was a turning point, where our lives changed. We were welcomed with open arms into a great building with wonderful people who instantly delivered me a very strong and positive message. Reuben was a child first. Disability came second.

All areas of Reuben’s development have improved beyond my beyond my wildest expectations. The little boy who was not meant to even stand can scoot around with a walker. The little boy who I was told would never speak says ‘I love you Mummy’ every day.  The little boy who was meant to come to nothing has been nurtured and encouraged by Rainbow so much that he started mainstream primary school with his brothers last September.”

The Rainbow Centre would like to thank the all the companies who organised this terrific evening as well as  auction donors and guests for  helping to raise raising this incredible sum of money to  help them continue transforming the lives of children with cerebral palsy and adults suffering from MS, Parkinson’s, stroke of head injury.

Dan Salanson, Regional Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking RBS & Nat West:

“It’s been a long time since we have had an event of this type and scale to bring the Solent professional community together and we were delighted with how the evening went.    The Solent is a great market to work in, one that shows genuine warmth and loyalty to its own and we felt this came through in both the great atmosphere on the evening and in the generous way the market supported a Charity close to many of our hearts.  On behalf of the Steering Committee for SPACE my thanks to the Rainbow Centre for the invaluable advice they provided to us in putting on the event,  to the firms and their clients who donated many of the auction prizes and to our own Organising Committee for pulling it all together so seamlessly.  We’d also like to thank Hannah for sharing Reuben’s story with us, a story that I am sure will stay with everyone in that room for some time to come.”