Around 1,000 guests entered the vivid and intoxicating world of Parisian burlesque, at a grand marquee on Queens Avenue in Farnborough, which held Phyllis Tuckwell’s Christmas Parties this year. Held on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December, the parties raised money for the local Hospice Care charity, which provides supportive and end of life care for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire.
Best Parties Ever once again hosted this hugely popular event, which this year was inspired by the legendary institutions of the Folies Bergere and Parisian nightclubs of 1890’s Paris. Party-goers let loose their inhibitions as entertainers welcomed them to a Montmartre street scene at dusk, complete with impressive trapeze artists, mesmerising aerial hoop acts, Can-Can dancers and the very best of burlesque. The evening included a three-course dinner, indoor dodgems, a charity casino, disco, professional photographer, raffle and auctions with fantastic prizes, and a survivors’ breakfast for those who made it to the very end!
“Once again, Best Parties Ever put on a fantastic evening for our supporters,” said Gemma Craig, Events Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We would like to thank them for their continued support in helping us to hold an event of this scale, and also thank Paul Fitchett Images for his support, Premier Panel Skills for their sponsorship of the evenings, and of course all of our fantastic volunteers who helped each night. The money raised is still to be confirmed, but we hope that it will be in excess of £45,000.”
Every day Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support, but as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this, and therefore relies heavily on fundraising events such as this.
To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell and the care which is provides for its patients and their families, please visit www.pth.org.uk