City bonus for Veterans charities

May 15, 2012

Henry VIII’s stunning Whitehall Banqueting Hall hosted 350 City guests last night (Thursday 3rd February) at a veterans’ charity fundraising event organised by serving and retired soldiers.The feast fit for a king was served to top Square Mile diners at tables hosted by senior military figures.

Organiser Charles Sincock said “As well as some of the leading military chefs from the Royal Logistics Corps we were also privileged this year to have Mark Baines volunteer as our Head Chef. Mark has worked for the acclaimed Michelin-star chef Marcus Wearing, at Petrus in London, and is now at Fifteen the restaurant founded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.”

Auction prizes offered experiences that money can’t buy ranging from flights in historic aircraft to days out with the Blades aerobatic team and Army parachutists. Sponsored by Artemis Investment Management LLP the second annual City Charity Dinner Night took place ringside to several bouts of military boxing arranged by the London District TA and Army Boxing Club. It was followed by an auction to raise cash for three military charities – BLESMA, ABF the Soldiers Charity and Veterans Aid.

Sincock, a former Captain in the Irish Guards, and now working in Private Equity said “We are just a group of soldiers, like-minded friends and business contacts with a shared interest in doing something positive to support worthy military charities. We are all volunteers. No pay, no costs not a single telephone call is charged to the event. We have to pay for a few things to run it, but we’ve done our very best to minimise costs, maximise enjoyment and donate as much as possible to our chosen charities.

Planned with the precision of a military operation the City Charity Dinner Night was launched last year and proved hugely popular. Now building on that recipe for success Sincock said “This event is an experience that brings together fine-dining, sporting excellence, the nail-biting excitement of bidding for exclusive prizes and the opportunity to meet and support members of our Armed Forces.”

CEO of Veterans Aid, Dr Hugh Milroy, said “I’m sure I can speak for all the beneficiaries when I say how much events like this mean to us. Last year we provided 20,000 nights of accommodation for ex-Servicemen and women, put an average of four people a month into rehab facilities and enabled 150 veterans in crisis to get their lives back on track and move into sustainable homes. What the City Dinner Night team, through Artemis, provides is some of the essential funding that enables us to care for veterans in crisis immediately, whatever their needs.”