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 ( 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.

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.