At Cooper Weston we are, of course, both proud and privileged to be working alongside Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in an electrical contractors capacity. But also, the charity and the work it does is something that is close to our hearts, especially after spending countless hours working throughout their entire main London site and seeing first hand the amazing work they do.
With this in mind, we were honoured to receive an invite to the annual ‘Collars & Coats’ fundraising Gala Ball on the 3rd of November. Securing a table for 10 – we were delighted to take along some key associates of ours including the MD of our digital agency BritWeb, property developer David Banfield and local building contractor Dave Geal.
Arriving in style on the red carpet, we were greeted with a champagne reception and had some time to marvel at the classic cars and exquisite and ornately decorated venue complete with tiny lights in the ceiling to replicate the stars. Before long, curtains drew back to reveal the dinner and stage setting.
Alongside a sumptuous three course meal and some nice wine, we were invited to bid on some fantastic silent auction items including Green Room tickets for the Jonathan Ross show, VIP tickets to Elton John and a stay for 6 at a luxury Tuscan Villa, showing that many different businesses and organisations were prepared to contribute with ‘money can’t buy’ prizes to raise funds from the event.
Following a great opening by former Britain’s Got Talent winner – Spellbound, and compared by Dr Christian Jessen, we were touched by some stories of work the charity does including Peter Laurie, Director of Operations, speaking about the work Battersea does in the community to promote responsible dog ownership. CEO Claire Horton also shared details of some of the distressing cases they see coming into the home every year and how Battersea is trying to tackle these issues through Community Engagement and Public Affairs Programmes. We enjoyed seeing some of the canine members of the team on stage, whilst we heard of their exploits offering companionship to the elderly in local health institutes.
After dessert, the headline act Sister Sledge hit the stage and entertained the crowd with a full array of hits. CooperWeston and friends joined them on stage and after a fabulous donation by Global4 the highlight of the evening was ‘We Are Family’ with a view of the captivated audience on the dance floor for this finale.
All in all, a top night of entertainment was enjoyed but, more importantly, a huge amount of money and awareness was raised for such a magnificent charity and will no doubt be invested to assist with the £10m it costs every year to care for the dogs and cats.
We are humbled to be a small part of this and look forward to 2017 and beyond.