On 1st March, St. David’s Day, London’s ExCeL was filled by over 550 guests who came together to celebrate and support the work of The Springboard Charity. The Big Event at Hotelympia, in partnership with Fresh Montgomery, was a huge success as the hospitality industry gathered to support the vital work of Springboard, raising £70,000. This Big Event followed the Hotelympia 10K Run on Sunday 28th February, where 270 runners staved off the cold and ran in support of Springboard.
The platinum sponsor for The Big Event was COREcruitment. The Big Event was also in partnership with Hotelympia, Levy Restaurants, Compass Group, DRP, Friesland Campina, Bibendum and Fresh Montgomery.
Held in ExCeL’s Platinum Suite, the Charity Gala Dinner was truly a night to remember. The impressive event was filled with entertainment from the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir and the RPJ Band, along with tribute artists to Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. Exquisite cuisine was provided by Executive Head Chef James Buckley, whilst Bibendum provided the wine. Moreover, Springboard’s FutureChef Alumni worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a great night, showing just how far they have come thanks to Springboard’s FutureChef initiative.
On the night, Roki Hussain and Ruth Hansom helped remind guests why the event took place. Roki had struggled in life before Springboard supported him into work. Thanks to Springboard’s support he was able to acquire work with bartlett mitchell and is now heading on Springboard’s Peru Trek 2016. Ruth took part in Springboard’s FutureChef and thereafter was offered a place at Westminster Kingsway College. She is now working at The Ritz and is a member of the ever expanding FutureChef Alumni.
‘We are delighted at the amount we raised through The Big Event at Hotelympia. The support we were shown was phenomenal and it’s a privilege to be the beneficiary charity for Hotelympia’s Gala Dinner. It was a thoroughly successful evening of entertainment and the funds raised for The Springboard Charity will make a significant impact on people’s careers and lives. The funds will support existing ‘Into Work’ programmes and allow investment in new ones to support the young, the unemployed and those facing barriers to work into sustainable careers within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry," said Anne Pierce MBE, Chief Executive, Springboard.