Over 380 guests helped support SSIT on Friday 4 July at a major fundraising event on the Fonthill Estate in Wiltshire. Hosted by Lord and Lady Margadale, the Fonthill Fiesta was the highlight of this year’s fundraising events for SSIT and raised an incredible £70,000 for the charity.
Held in the magical setting of Quarry Wood, overlooking the lake, the Fonthill Fiesta was a grand picnic in a beautifully decorated marquee. Included amongst the guests were Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere, the Earl and Countess of Yarborough, Sir James & Lady Chichester and Lord and Lady Marland.
Annie Maw, High Sheriff of Somerset and a former patient of The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury, made a heartfelt appeal to guests about the charity, setting the scene for the auction which was skilfully led by West End jeweller Humphrey Butler. In just 45 minutes over £50,000 was raised for the charity. Guests bid for prizes ranging from a week’s holiday in the Caribbean to a day’s fishing on the River Nadder, with winning bids ranging from £2,000 to £10,000. Meanwhile a silent auction brought in over £8,000 with prizes including wine from Lea & Sandeman and a riding lesson with former world champion Ginny Elliot. A Gift Tree and raffle added to the final total of money raised for SSIT.
SSIT Trustee Jeremy Major said: “The Fonthill Fiesta was a triumph! It was such a fun evening – everyone there had a brilliant time and we raised a huge amount of money for SSIT. Our thanks go to all those who have supported the event by donating prizes and in particular to Alastair & Amanda Margadale for their generosity in hosting such a fabulous event.”
The party ran into the early hours with plenty of dancing to the Jimi Heneage Experience and music from DJ Charlie Ellingworth.