The evening showcased the fantastic work of the Springboard charity coupled with a night of carnival celebrations, dancing, feasting and some famous faces from the world of football. Billed as the official Charity Gala Dinner of Hotelympia 2014 the event was held at the striking Platinum Suite, ExCeL and raised an amazing amount on the night with over £85k going towards supporting the vital work of the charity.
The evening attended by over 700 guests from across the hospitality sector was kicked-off by compare Rob Palmer, a senior commentator for La Liga on Sky Sports and Springboard’s very own Anne Pierce CEO. Footballing celebrities included Ryan Giggs, interim Manchester United Manager and Arsenal Premiership footballer, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to name just a few who scored a winner with the audience.
Guests were served with a fabulous feast of food and fine wine as they enjoyed taking part in the red and yellow card game as well as being entertained by a spectacular Brazilian extravaganza of dancers, entertainers and music.
A number of Springboard beneficiaries took centre stage to talk about how the work of Springboard has changed their lives.
Stacey Haskey said: ‘’Springboard have helped me into work placements and giving me inspiration for my future. Without the help of Springboard I don’t think I would be in the place I am now in life.’’
Springboard helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people by supporting them into life-changing and sustainable employment in hospitality, leisure and tourism. As well as working with the hospitality sector to attract talent and address skills shortages and in doing so promote the industry as a great place to work.
Commenting on the evening Springboard CEO, Anne Pierce, said:
‘’The event was a huge success. We are thrilled at the amount raised on the evening and will be using the funds to continue our work in combatting youth unemployment, supporting disadvantaged people of any age into sustainable work in our industry and helping young people achieve their potential’’.
Thank you to all our sponsors and partners who supported this event.