The hospitality industry’s generosity was unmasked at this year’s Springboard fundraiser, raising £50,585 for the charity.
Industry supporters descended on the Waldorf Hilton hotel in London for the Venetian-themed masked ball on 18 March, which included drinks, a three-course meal and entertainment including aerial performers from Heartburn Entertainment.
Experiences were auctioned off including a yacht charter for 10 people, an overnight stay and breakfast for two with a round of golf at Gleneagles, and a ‘design your own’ four-course menu for six guests with chef Steve Munkley at the Royal Garden hotel in London.
Springboard’s yearly fundraiser plays a leading role in the charity’s annual fundraising. All proceeds from the event will help to continue Springboard’s programmes, which allow people with barriers to work to gain the skills and confidence needed to access employment within the hospitality industry.
Anne Pierce, Springboard’s chief executive, said: “While the nature and theme of this event varies each year, the reasoning behind it always remains the same. This annual occasion is fundamental in raising funds for those who need it the most – the beneficiaries of our programmes who are supported into sustainable and meaningful employment in the hospitality industry.”
It was also announced at the event that WSH boss Alastair Storey will be Springboard’s new chairman, taking over from founder and chair Stephen Moss after 29 years.