Incorporated within this longstanding annual Charity Event were the National Association of Jewellers Member Awards, hosted by ex-BBC newsreader, Kay Alexander.
The Benevolent Society Ball attracts guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and luggage and leathergoods associations which are member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation.
This year’s Ball had a true Christmassy feel, including reindeer, carol singers and a guest appearance from Father Christmas himself! David Doyle the Society’s Vice Chairman was delighted to ask Simon Dawe of TH March onto the stage in order that he could introduce the guests to him as the new Chairman of the Benevolent Society following the retirement of David Simons.
A Charity Auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society’s Vice Chairman, and early indications are that over £30,000 was raised on the evening for the Charity. Lots donated for the Auction included a day’s hospitality sailing on yacht ‘Solent Hero’ for 8 people, donated by the Benevolent Society’s charity partner, The Ellen McArthur Trust. This fantastic lot was bought by Maggie Field, previous owner of Sutton Tools.
A stunning hand spun sterling silver chess set donated by Tom Green of Charles Green (in conjunction with Cooksongold) and was bought most generously by Chris Sellors of C.W.Sellors.
Another highly sought-after Auction Lot was the second T H March Clay Pigeon Shooting Day and Dinner with fiercely competitive bidding by several interested parties. Eventually Ben Roberts of Clogau secured this fabulous day out for his Company. This is the second time that Clogau have bought this Lot at the Benevolent Charity Auction.
The Birmingham Assay Office once again offered a Lunch for 10 people for Auction and this was bought twice – once by Simon Johnson the NAJ Chairman and by Gary Williams of Mastermelts.
The hugely successful Tombola and Raffle were generously supported as always by the Federation’s Giftware Association and Michael Pape? of Ravensden PLC and his company who generously donated some beautiful Christmas plush soft toys that went down very well with the guests.
The Benevolent Society was also pleased to receive a substantial donation from the Surface Engineering Association, and were delighted that longstanding sponsor, The NEC were able to attend the event. Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, joined David Doyle on the Stage for the Auction of two Tickets with full VIP Hospitality to the very popular ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the party goers cheered loudly when Mr Thandi told David to Auction the Lot twice so enabling even more money to be raised for the Charity.
Tables at this year’s event were taken by many companies, including the NEC, Cooksongold, Charles Green & Sons, Weston Beamor, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, C W Sellors, T H March and Mastermelts to name but a few.