Thousands raised for Hackney charities
More than £12,500 was raised for three Hackney charities thanks to the generosity of guests at the Hackney Speaker’s annual Dinner Gala.
Local business owners, mayors from across London, councillors and guests came together for the annual fundraising celebration, with all the money divided between the Speaker’s chosen charities: Hackney Food Bank, Immediate Theatre and Hestia, an organisation that helps survivors of domestic abuse and their families rebuild their lives.
I am overwhelmed with the generosity of people who donated to my nominated charities. It was amazing to see so many faces attend and take part in this annual gala dinner. Thank you to all of the organisations and others that supported this event.
Some of the fabulous raffle prizes kindly donated included Ted Baker leather laptop bag, Dinner for two at Yum Yum Restaurant, a box at the Pantomime from Hackney Empire, Tea for two at House of Commons and a £50 gift voucher from Paper Dress Vintage, which along with ticket sales and on-the-night donations helped raise £12,679.74.
Patrick Ryan, Hestia’s Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Hackney Speaker for her support to the women and children living in our Hestia refuges and we thank her and her team for arranging the recent gala event for the benefit of the people who come to us in times of crisis. Raising awareness of domestic abuse to the people of Hackney will help those who are victims to come forward and know that they have the support they need to turn their lives around. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Hackney even more in our joint commitment to ending violence against women and children.”
Entertainment on the night (30 October), in the Assembly Rooms, in Hackney Town Hall included Gary Graceland as Elvis and a disco.