05 Jul 2019

CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2019 – Thank you!

Dear Jo and all the staff at Alexander House

We held our WONKA-filled CHAS Rocking Horse Ball at Prestonfield on Friday 7th June and by all accounts everyone had an absolute ball.

We turned Prestonfield into a Wonka factory and even had a Willy Wonka and some rather fabulous Oompah Loompah’s circulating the room for photo’s at the drinks reception. Our guests enjoyed a delicious Sherbert Lemon Drizzle Fizz courtesy of Pickering’s gin on arrival and the evening kicked off with a brilliant WONKA mash up by the students at MGA Academy.

Our host for the evening was Ross King MBE, who certainly brought plenty of showbiz to the night with video messages from Jane Seymour, Adam Lambert, Lorraine Kelly, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, as well as Mrs Patmore from Downton Abbey. Not only that, he managed to secure a jacket signed by Take That and their support acts for their recent tour, Lulu and Rick Astley with accompanying videos of them signing the jacket for our live auction.

Will Pickvance, who is a brilliant jazz pianist, entertained our guests during the reception and main course and as you will see in the pictures, BLEEKER had the dance floor jumping at the end of the night.

Whilst our events are all about fun, it’s important that we remind our guests of why we are there. This year our CHAS Mum, Anne Hollern, shared her story of her two beautiful children, Robbie and Rosie. You can watch their story, which featured on Children in Need a few years ago here. After her speech Anne told the guests that it costs £250 to pay for a Senior Nursing Support Worker at the hospice for a day, the volunteers brought out balloons which each represented £250. It was so powerful to see the generosity in the room as it started filling with balloons. We raised an amazing £23k from the balloon ask alone!

I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the evening for you, but to bring it more to life we had two fabulous photographers at the event, Camerashy Photography (www.camerashy.photography) and Bill Sinclair. They have both beautifully captured the evening and you can view their photos and a lovely picture film here. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for the kind donation of a stay at Alexander House. We sold this for a wonderful £2k on the night.

We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive from people like yourself. With your help, we raised a phenomenal £136,638, which after costs means £101,427 will go directly to our work with families like The Hollern’s.

Thank you so much for playing your part in our special night.

Regards
Diane Alton
CHAS – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

13 Sep 2018

CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch – 30th August 2018

Dear Jo & Alexander House Team

Our annual CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch took place once again at The Marcliffe Hotel last Thursday, 30th August and there was a buzz in the room from the outset when the 275 guests arrived for an afternoon filled full of fun, laughter, tears and dancing.

We were delighted to have music from the very talented Paul Black at our drinks reception and all our guests enjoyed having their pictures taken with our huge CHAS letters on the lawn outside.

Michelle McManus was, as always, the perfect host for the day, bringing lots of fun and laughter, whilst The Soul Kings had all the ladies up on their feet dancing and singing along.

At the event, which was sponsored by Dron & Dickson, our guests had the opportunity to win stunning earring’s from ROX worth £4,800, a case of Laurent Perrier Rose champagne sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, a £500 voucher for Harvey Nichols courtesy of Whyte Crane Hire, a beautiful bag from Stellar and £1,000 cash prize courtesy of Chez Dean, as well as a great selection of wonderful raffle, live and silent auction prizes.

CHAS Mum, Lynne McKenzie reminded us all why we were there when she shared her inspirational story about her son Jack, who passed away at Rachel House in 2016. You can read Lynne’s story which featured in the Daily Record in June (see attached).

Whilst a lot of fun was had it was also a very emotional day. As well as Lynne’s speech, we held a direct ask where we asked our ladies to help us cover the cost of the CHAS at Home support in Aberdeen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hogmanay and New Year’s Day and the response was overwhelming. The lady who won the £1k cash prize donated it back to CHAS and Chez Dean donated a pamper day to CHAS Mum, Lynne and her daughter Holly. There were lots of tears, but it was so heart-warming to see all the generosity and support of the Aberdeen audience.

I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the afternoon for you, but if you would like to watch our wonderful picture presentation of the day, grab a cup of tea and enjoy this CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch video below.

We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive from people like yourself. Thank you so much for once again donating a midweek stay at Alexander House as a prize for the live auction. With your help, alongside the incredible generosity of the guests on the day, we raised a phenomenal £61,500 which after costs means £43,500 will go directly to our work with families like The McKenzie’s. In fact, we managed to fully fund one of our CHAS Nurses in Aberdeen for a full year, which is just phenomenal.

Thank you so much for playing your part in our special day, we hope to continue working with you again in the future.

Kind regards
Louise Jordan
Events Assistant

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

21 Jun 2018
CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2018 - Alexander House supports

CHAS Rocking Horse Ball – 8th June 2018

Dear Jo & Alexander House Team

Our annual CHAS Rocking Horse Ball took place at Prestonfield in Edinburgh last Friday evening, 8th June and our Wonderland theme seemed to be a real hit with our guests who enjoyed getting their pictures taken with Alice, the Queen of Hearts and The White Rabbit, alongside the CHAS letters on the lawn of Prestonfield on arrival before enjoying our welcome drink, a delicious Pickering’s Gin cocktail.

Sanjeev Kohli was our hilarious host for the evening and Navid from Still Game even made a special guest appearance much to the delight of our guests. Alex Fleming expertly raised a phenomenal amount during the auction, including £8,000 for our Rocking Horse, aptly named Alice.

Our guests were thoroughly entertained by our roaming magician, Dusty, Will Pickvance on the piano and BLEEKER who ensured the dancefloor was full right until the end of the night. Many of our guests had their faces adorned by the talented Lynn at Fantoosh Face Art and the sweetie table, courtesy of Luca’s and Colourful Candy, proved to once again be very popular with our guests, taking them back to their childhood days. Many said the full bags of sweeties were for their children, but we’re not so sure!

The highlight of the evening was when our CHAS parent, Bruce Edmond, shared his story about his son Jack who died at Rachel House last year. He told us that they brought Jack to the cool beds at Rachel House after he had died, to rest until his funeral. One evening they came back from dinner to find a nurse reading a bedtime story to Jack. Bruce said ‘THAT is the level of care you get at Rachel House’. He explained that it costs £400 per day for a charge nurse at Rachel House and he and his wife wanted to pay for the first day, he invited the guests to join him and balloons were passed to everyone who raised their hands. It was so powerful to see the room filling with balloons. That ‘ask’ raised £25,500 on the night! You can see Jack’s story here which was filmed before he passed away.

We hope that we’ve painted a picture of the evening for you, but to bring it all to life, we had two wonderful photographers there to beautifully capture every detail. You can view a video of the evening here with these great images:

We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive from people like yourself. Thank you so much for donating a midweek overnight for two in a Yurt as a prize for our silent auction. With your help, alongside the incredible generosity of the guests on the night, we raised a phenomenal £143,500 which after costs means £110,000 will go directly to our work with families like The Edmond’s.

Thank you so much for playing your part in our special night and we do hope to continue working with you in the future.

Kind regards,
Louise Jordan
Events Assistant, CHAS

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

11 Nov 2017
CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch Nov 2017

CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch – November 2017

Dear Jo & Alexander House

Our annual CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch took place at Prestonfield on Friday 3rd November 2017 and there was a buzz in the room from the outset when the 475 guests arrived for an afternoon filled full of fun, laughter, tears and dancing.

Michelle McManus was once again the perfect host for the day, bringing lots of laughs and the annual sing-a-long to ‘I know him so well’ which has already had 7.5k views on Facebook.  Movie Mania from F3 Entertainment had all the ladies singing and dancing along to all their favourite songs from Dirty Dancing to Mama Mia. Former Scotland Rugby legend Andy Nichol worked his magic during the live auction and expertly raised a phenomenal amount.

There were some fabulous prizes to be won during our fundraising games from a case of Tattinger courtesy of Tilney, to a Covet handbag, £500 voucher for Harvey Nichols courtesy of Mazars and a beautiful diamond pendant from Laings Edinburgh.

The guests heard all about our Keep The Joy Alive Campaign and were encouraged to complete their own name tag of support. But it was CHAS mum Anne Hollern who really brought home why we were all there when she shared her story of her beautiful children, Robbie and Rosie.  You can see her powerful story here.

I am delighted to tell you that Alexander House generated £5,250 in the live auction and the yurts together raised £1,030.  That is a tremendous amount, thank you so much!!!!

We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive people like yourself.  With your help, alongside the incredible generosity of the guests on the day, we raised a phenomenal £137,244 which after costs means £105,500 will go directly to our work with families like The Hollern’s.

Kind regards
Diane Alton

Senior Events Co-ordinator


Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

 

30 Apr 2017

CHAS Rocking Horse Ball – 28th April

Dear Jo & Alexander House Team

I am writing to thank you for supporting our CHAS Rocking Horse Ball once again, with the kind donation of exclusive use of Alexander House for twenty for our live auction .

This year we brought the Circus to Prestonfield and our 300 VIP guests were welcomed by a stilt walking ringmaster and a mesmerizing contact juggling act. They were treated to a candy buffet by Luca’s and delicious gin cocktails from Pickering’s Gin on arrival then enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, during which they were entertained by an LED Hula Hoopist from Circus Alba. They finished their night off dancing to our band, Circus.

At the beginning of the evening our CHAS mum, Veronika Baxter, brought everything into perspective. Veronika told us all about her beautiful daughter, Arabella. Arabella was born with Ohtahara, a very rare epilepsy syndrome. Veronika eloquently explained that having a baby with special needs is like booking your dream holiday but ending up in a different country, you soon discover that this other country is beautiful and special in a different way. Veronika explained the difference CHAS has made to her and her families lives.

Alexander House proudly supports CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2017
Image courtesy of: www.carolynhenryphotography.co.uk

Our guests spent generously on all the fundraising games on the night. They purchased delicious Coco’s of Bruntsfield gin and tonic chocolate bars with silver tickets inside, to be in with a chance of winning a stunning silver collar from Hamilton & Inches. In addition, one lucky guest bought the winning ticket which opened the glass safe allowing them to take home £1,000 and another went home with two return flights to New York. Fred did a wonderful job during our live auction raising a huge amount from lots including exclusive seats at the Monaco Grand Prix and of course a beautiful handmade Rocking Horse.

I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the evening for you, but to bring it to life, please go here to look through our photos from the evening.

Thank you once again for your kind donation of Exclusive use of Alexander House. Your lot raised a wonderful £2,000. Thank you so much for your continued support!

We are delighted to report that we raised £101,000 on the night, which after costs means £75,000 will go directly to our work with families who have a child with a life-limiting condition. We could not hold events like these or raise the money we have without the generous support we receive from individuals such as yourself, so we really appreciate your involvement.

Regards,
Diane Alton
Senior Events Co-ordinator, CHAS

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

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16 Nov 2016

CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch 2016

Dear Jo & Alexander House Team

I am writing to thank you for supporting our CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch with the kind donation of exclusive use of Alexander House for twenty for our live auction .

We had 450 ladies along to Prestonfield to attend our seventh CHAS Fawkes-y Ladies Lunch.

As you can imagine, with 450 ladies in the room, the noise levels were huge, but our host, Michelle McManus did a fantastic job of managing the ladies, performing songs and entertaining the ladies with her hilarious stories.  There was even a karaoke sing-along to Elaine Paige’s “I know him so well”.

The ladies had the opportunity to win a number of fantastic prizes through our fundraising games.  Prizes included £500 of Harvey Nichols vouchers donated by Kilco (International) for 1, 2, buckle my shoe, a gorgeous New Town handbag donated by Covet for Handbag Bingo, a case of Veuve Clicquot donated by Tilney Bestinvest for the champagne draw, two return flights to New York courtesy of United Airlines and a stunning pair of diamond earrings donated by Laing Edinburgh, who also offered a diamond cleaning service on the day.

We had kilted warriors from the local barracks there on the day assisting our volunteers to sell raffle tickets and the Jersey Notes had the ladies dancing on their chairs and singing along.

You could hear a pin drop when Jordan Buchanan shared her story about her sister Emma who lost her fight with Cystic Fibrosis on Boxing Day three years ago.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Jordan asked everyone to stand and raise a glass to Emma who would have turned 18 in two weeks’ time.  It really brought home why we were all there.

Former rugby player, Andy Nicol, worked his magic on the room during the live auction and raised a phenomenal amount from prizes include a morning in the kitchen with Tom Kitchin, Christmas Lunch on the Northern Belle, a French country house for a week and a couple of girls’ day out prizes.

This event and the amount raised would not be possible without all the amazing help and support we receive from businesses and individuals like yourself.  Your prize raised a wonderful £2,400 on the day and with your help we raised a phenomenal grand total of £105,500, which means after costs £75k directly to our work at the hospices.

Thank you once again for your support and for helping us to create special moments for our families.

Regards,
Diane Alton
Events Co-ordinator

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

30 Jun 2016

The CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2016

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. We donated a self-catering short break stay at AH for the CHAS Rocking Horse Ball event which raised a tremendous £2,100! We were told that a wonderful evening was had by all! 🙂

The guests arrived to a drinks reception with Pickering’s Gin, music from Will Pickvance and fabulous face art courtesy of Fantoosh Face Art. Fred MacAulay did a wonderful job of hosting the evening and he managed to work his magic during the live auction whilst injecting his humour to make it fun. Corra provided the live entertainment and made sure that the dance floor was always full.  Throughout the evening our guests thoroughly enjoyed our candy buffet courtesy of Luca’s and Colourful Candy.

There were two extremely poignant points on the night.  At the beginning of the evening Rachel Hyland bravely shared her story about her baby boy Albie who sadly died in her arms at home after contracting bacterial meningitis at three weeks old. She really brought home why we were all there and she did it with such poise and grace. Later in the evening, our CHAS CEO, Maria McGill told our guests about our space creation project for Robin House. She explained that we were £10,000 short on funding for the new activities space, it was incredibly powerful to watch people raising their hands to donate £500 there and then. In addition to these two messages there were video messages to our guests from Lorraine Kelly, Boy George, The Proclaimer’s, Sharleen Spitteri and Sean Batty.

It was a wonderful evening and we’re delighted to tell you that the evening managed to raise an amazing £64,000 net (£90,000 gross) towards CHAS’ work with families like The Hyland’s. They really couldn’t have raised this amount without all the generous support they receive.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

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