Awards event raises over £13,000 for local charity

Taylor-Made Dreams was the recipient charity at the 25th Anniversary AV Awards, held at Evolution in Battersea Park in October. The event celebrates excellence amongst the AV industry’s people, companies, technologies and projects.

“The evening, which was hosted by Southborough-based journalist Clive Couldwell, who is Group Editor of AV Magazine, and compered by comedian Rob Beckett, kicked off with a red carpet paparazzi-style arrival and glamorous drinks reception,” a spokesperson for the charity told the Times.

Throughout the three-course meal, 1,400 dinner guests were able to bid on lots in aid of the charity. These included afternoon tea with David Walliams, a meet-and-greet with Matt Lucas and a meal for two at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, with a chauffeured Bentley to take them there.

After dinner, representatives from Taylor-Made Dreams arranged casino tables for guests to enjoy spending custom-designed ‘funny money’ to play blackjack, dice and roulette, all raising funds for the charity.

Speaking after the event, Suzi Mitchell, said: “The AV Awards night not only raised the fantastic sum of £13,200. It also allowed us to raise awareness of Taylor-Made Dreams to a new audience which we will forever be grateful for.

“Awareness of what Taylor-Made Dreams does is as crucial to us as fundraising, as the more people that know about us, the more support we can offer families in truly difficult and inconceivable circumstances. I’d like to thank all the generous donors and bidders for the auction prizes, those who participated in the casino tables and Clive Couldwell for giving us this incredible opportunity.”

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