calvert trust logoSteve was delighted to be asked once again to host the Calvert Trust Ball in 2015. As before, the event was staged at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel. Steve had previously hosted the event in 2011, but had been unavailable in the subsequent years since.

The Calvert Trust’s vision is to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. Today Calvert Trust Kielder welcomes over 5,000 visitors every year. As well as the centre and all its activities, there are also 10 wonderful fully accessible self catering log chalets, the fabulous 5* Straker Chalet and the special Sky Den, created by George Clark's Amazing Spaces Channel 4 TV programme. The Bradbury Chalet, which sleeps 4 is the latest luxury chalet and soon to be followed by The Helen McArdle Chalet, opening in December 2015.

The theme of the Ball was “Enchanted Forest”, and the room looked and reception area looked fantastic on the night.

Steve did the welcomes and introductions, including a thank you to the sponsors;

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Steve then hosted an icebreaker game of  game of “Fairies and Elves” before guests enjoyed a delicious meal. Steve provided subtle swing and background vocals during dinner.

Following dinner, Peter Cockerill CEO and Steve drew the Grand Raffle, before handing over to Peter to say a few words and introduce a DVD which was immediately followed by a Live Auction. 

It was then party time, and Steve introduced the band for evening - Grace Under Pressure.

The target for the evening was £35,000. As well as it being a fantastic evening, This target was exceeded beyond all expectation, with £40,000 being raised.

Steve would like to say a very big thank you to Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate & Events Fundraiser at Calvert Trust Kielder, who deserves a great deal of credit for the evening being such a success.