It was a pleasure and a joy to attend a vintage afternoon tea fundraiser this afternoon. I have attended and benefited from the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre in Bristol AND believes in the importance of ‘Living Beyond (a) Diagnosis’ so it’s great to be able to support them.
A super splendid location, The Secret Garden on the top floor of the private members’ club, Shoreditch House. When we arrived we were to walk around the edge of the bustling open air swimming pool… where ‘beautiful people’ swim! Through a small doorway and we found ourselves in this delightful area arranged with tables laden with vintage crockery and tableware. Pastel shades of bunting and flowers created an amazing setting. We were also blessed with some glorious October sunshine!
As we sipped our bubbles from champagne coupes (nice vintage touch!) we listened to the pop of balloons around us. Each colour of balloon was a different price (£10, £25 or £40) and contained a little strip of paper detailing the prize won. I am, as a consequence, looking forward to attending an Insight event at the Royal Opera House; drinking some Fair Exchange Merlot Malbec; and bathing in Wild Olive bathtime treats… but not (necessarily) all at the same time!
After a short time of networking and meeting new and familiar faces, we took our seats for tea.
Jessica Brohn (Penny’s daughter) welcomed us to the event, told us a little about her mother and Pat Pilkington, the Centre and why we were all here. During the course of our tea, we heard from a lady who had also attended the Centre. She who was able to share her journey with cancer and how she benefited from her courses at the Centre.
After tea, we had an auction with some incredible prizes that had been donated by Soho House, Cecily, Maire Weaver, Suranne Jones, Toby Whitehouse, and more.
Jessica then spoke again to update everyone on the national roll out of the Living Well project. It’s been coming on leaps and bounds since it’s launch (see previous post) and I’m very excited that so many more people are able to participate in the magic of the Living Well courses. I will be tweeting via @BeyondDiagnosis when new dates and locations are proposed.
A lovely afternoon and I believe, in excess of £5,000 raised for the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre as well sharing the awareness of the Centre and it’s valuable work for anyone affected by cancer.