Charity Ball Photography
I was pleased to be invited along to take the photographs for the Gurkha Charity Event.
Generous guests raised £30,000 to help Gurkha’s affected by the earthquakes in Nepal at a charity ball.
The ball at the Reading Hilton on Saturday, May 23, was organised by Kiren and Cathy Sharma, owners of Reading business Gravity Personnel, to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Both charities are working to help victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provide lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families, while The Gurkha Welfare Trust offers financial and medical support to Gurkha veterans as well as support to their families and communities in Nepal.
The evening was hosted by former Reading Football Club captain Adie Williams and guests took part in an auction, a raffle and a glamorous game of heads and tails. Everyone dug deep and raised £26,500 for the charities, which event sponsor Kiren Sharma, rounded up to £30,000.
Nearly 250 guests, including serving Gurkha officers and their wives, were welcomed to the event by an honour guard of Gurkha soldiers from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Support Unit and were also treated to a concert by an Army Air Corps pop and jazz band. “Many of the most affected regions in Nepal are situated in the traditional recruitment areas of the Brigade of Gurkhas and large numbers of Gurkha veterans and their families have lost their homes and possessions.”
Brigadier Peter Walker, chairman of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “I would like to thank Kiren and Cathy Sharma for making the event possible and for all of the guests who supported, both those who attended and gave so generously during the evening and those who made donations and provided the wide range of great prizes which helped to raise such a substantial sum.
“The money raised is most welcome and will be used to support Gurkhas and their families affected by the disaster.”
Mr and Mrs Sharma organised the event in just two weeks but were delighted with the turnout and the amount of money that was raised.
Nickon Events photography, covering Charity Balls Nick Martin is a photographer in Berkshire also covering areas as Surrey, Hampshire, Oxon and Bucks