GWCT Ball bounces back with successful event

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The countryside community joined together last week as the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s 41st Annual London Ball rolled into town.

Held this year at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ball celebrates the Trust’s unique role in providing the science that underpins good game management, and the fact that it goes hand in hand with better biodiversity.

In addition, it provides the opportunity to raise much needed funds for the charity and this year raised a staggering £92,547 on the night.

His Grace the Duke of Roxburghe said: “It was a pleasure to host the event on behalf of Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust for their 41st Annual Ball. After the last 18 months, it was wonderful to join together in supporting the invaluable efforts of the Trust and help raise funds for the critical support of UK conservation.”

Alongside a champagne and canapé reception, guests enjoyed an exclusive private view of Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, the first major exhibition devoted to the international prominence of the legendary Russian goldsmith.

An exclusive list of high-profile guests, including key corporate clients, sportsmen and women and high-net-worth individuals attended the evening, including Lady Alice Manners, Otis Ferry, Lady Martha Sitwell, Thomas van Straubenzee, Henry Conway and Lord Ted Innes Ker, and shepherdess and Sunday Times bestselling author Hannah Jackson plus TV personality and farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, among others.

The reception was followed by a welcome in the Dome from the Chairman of the Annual London Ball committee, His Grace the Duke of Roxburghe, and introduction from Teresa Dent CBE, CEO of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

To help raise funds for the Trust, during the evening there was the opportunity to take part in the silent and live auction conducted by Charlie Thomas, Director of Private Collections and House Sales at Bonhams auction house.

Lots included a fine selection of exclusive experiences in shooting, fishing, fine art and culture.

Teresa Dent CBE said: “Our 2021 London Ball was a huge success. We had a wonderful turn out of guests who showed overwhelming support for the charity. I think I speak for everyone when I say that an incredibly enjoyable evening was had by all, in the wonderful surroundings of the V&A. Everyone is already talking about next year! Huge thanks, once again, to our wonderful sponsors – Lincolnshire Game, Mainbrace Rum and the House of Bruar. It is safe to say that our London events are back with a bang and even bigger and better than before!”