Hosted by our wonderful patrons Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell, and supported by the legendary Derek Redmond on auction duty, the evening was one to remember.
A staggering £100,000 was raised thanks to the huge generosity of our supporters who kindly bid, donated, pledged and stood up in support of Snow Camp’s work with young people. Everyone at Snow Camp was overwhelmed with the support shown. As one guest commented, ‘There was a lot of love for Snow Camp in the room!’
Over 25 young people from our programmes across the country were in attendance to talk to with guests and share stories of how the charity had helped them – and they were supported by some (now not so!) young people from over the years, including those from the very first Snow Camp trips back in 2003.
As always, the young people stole the show as they bravely talked on stage about their own personal challenges and how Snow Camp had changed, and in some cases, saved lives. Their honesty and bravery meant there were few dry eyes in the house, and the much deserved standing ovation they all received at the end was a very special moment.
Our Founder & Director Dan Charlish took to the stage to give his heartfelt thanks to everyone for all their support over the past 20 years, whilst reflecting on the Snow Camp’s journey over this period, following the charities small beginnings in Stockwell in 2003.
Importantly, Dan also took the opportunity to briefly talk about the challenge ahead and the need to ensure Snow Camp is around to support young people for the next 20 years – announcing our new regular giving campaign, The Piste Map to Sustainability, and highlighting the ever growing need for long term and sustainable funding for charities.
Derek Redmond spoke with genuine passion after hearing the young people speak, saying, ‘Everyone needs someone to believe in them, and Snow Camp has believed in over 19,000 young people so far. I’ve done hundreds of charity events, and I can tell you this is the real deal.’ He also took Chemmy Alcott up on her offer to teach him to ski – they are heading to Hemel Snow Centre soon so watch this space!
The evening closed with a packed dance floor of dancing guests, all enjoying our awesome band Counterflow, as they played a host of apres-ski classics.
Many wonderful partners and sponsors (please see below) generously supported the evening donating prizes in the silent and live auctions – helping boost the total funds raised in support of young people. We could not have done it without you!
And our huge thanks to every single guest for joining us on the night, and helping make the evening such a success. We are so grateful. What a venue. What a night. What an amazing community of supporters. What a couple of decades it’s been.
Bring on the next 20 years of Snow Camp!