Chateau Harry was delighted to support two worthwhile charitable causes this past week. The first was a celebration of the work done by Awards for Young Musicians who raise money to help young people in their musical endeavours. Whether it’s money for a new instrument, or tuition costs or even just support so that youngsters and their families can go an experience the opera – it’s a really worthwhile use of funds. Patrons include Simon Rattle, Nigel Kennedy, Jonathan Miller etc. Some of the young recipients performed for everyone, as well as former students who have since turned professional. Lovely evening.
The other major event was a fund-raising evening for the Chelsea and Kensington branch of Lepra a fantastic organisation which provides funds for leprosy sufferers worldwide. It took place in The Ivy Club – upstairs in the loft – and was attended by the great and the good. Fantastic cocktails and canapés and musical entertainment from West End stars (who all came along to support after their shows were over!). The incomparable Stephen Fry ran the auction of many varied and amazing donations, and our own auction prize of a wine tasting in your own home, with food, raised over £950 for the cause. We were nearly purchased by Ian and Victoria Hislop, but they were pipped to the post!
These two organisations are really worthy of support, so if you haven’t already decided on your charitable giving for 2010, why not choose one of them?