A few weeks back I photographed an assignment for the children’s charity Brainwave. The occasion was one of their major fund raising events, ‘A Question of Sport’ Gala Dinner held at the May Fair hotel in London.
This was an exceptional event, extremely well organised and very well attended by sponsors, supporters, friends and families. The evening consisted of a red carpet welcome, a drinks reception a sumptuous three course meal (which I’m pleased to say I got to enjoy as well). Interspersed with a raffle an auction and a number of interactive table games.
The main attraction of course though was the ‘Question of Sport’ contest which featured a number of sporting celebrities, former England Rugby Union player and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant, Austin Healey, former England cricket player and co host of the radio show ‘Talk Sport’, Ronnie Irani, Hull City footballer George Boateng and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder John Pratt.
The evening was full on entertainment and fun. It was enjoyed by everyone who went and raised thousands of pounds to support a first class children’s charity, Brainwave.
Brainwave offers home based therapy to children aged from 6 months -12 years of age who have Development Delay and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Autism. After a two-day Initial Assessment the therapists devise a structured exercise therapy Programme to suit the individual needs of each child. They then show the parents how to do this therapy at home. They also offer advice and support to families in any way they can. Contact: Brainwave Children’s Therapy Centre, Beechen House, Rear of 16 Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 2AQ Tel: 01376 505290/ 503608; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Austin Healey at the Brainwave Question of Sport Gala Dinner at the London May Fair hotel
Rugby International Austin Healey at the Brainwave Question of Sport Gala Dinner at the London May Fair hotel
Guests enjoy a pre dinner drinks reception
George Boateng chats with guests and friends at the Question of Sport Gala Dinner
John Pratt, George Boateng, Austin Healey, Christine Cryne (Brainwave), Phil Austin (Brainwave) and Ronnie Irani,
The master of ceremonies and compare for the evening
Guests enjoy the Gala Dinner
The final four contestants in the 'hands up or hands down' competition.
The winner of the competition receives her prize from George Boateng
Winner of the 'table quiz' receives a bottle of champaign from John Pratt
Ronnie Irani presents a signed photograph of the 'Arsenal'
Austin Healey presents a bottle of champaign and takes the rise out of the winners tie!s
A mother who's son receives treatment from Brainwave gives an impassioned speech about the virtues of the organisation and about the wonderful treatment and care he receives.
Ronnie Irani listens intently and is moved by her speech
Others to were clearly moved as they listened carefully to the message she gave
Austin Healey up there a raring to go for 'A Question of Sport'
Ronnie Irani, John Pratt and one of the main sponsors make one of the teams
George Boateng and Austin Healey and one of the main sponsors make up one of the teams
Players watch the screen intently as the competition hots up.
George Boateng 'in action'
Ronnie Irani clearly knows the answer
John Pratt thinks he may know the answer
Guests enjoy the Gala Dinner, the fun and the banter as the teams battle it out.
Austin Healey presents one last prize.
A guest who is training to climb Mount Everest to raise funds for Brainwave chats with Ronni Iranimeets