Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Ball raises £3k for play equipment

A CHARITY ball raised more than £3,000 for a Henley primary school

A CHARITY ball raised more than £3,000 for a Henley primary school.

The Friends of Trinity School hosted the black tie event at the town hall on Saturday, which was attended by more than 140 parents, teachers and supporters. As well as a sit-down meal, there was a licensed bar and performance by singer and guitarist Mike Newfield and his band.

There was also a “noisy auction” with lots including a Top Gear experience, which sold for £900, and some more light-hearted prizes such as the chance to ring the school bell for a week or to take home a teacher for tea. More money was raised later by a raffle, with prizes including a second-hand Renault Clio, and second silent auction.

Olympic rower Pete Reed donated a Team GB vest, while Hobbs of Henley offered a cruise on the Thames.

The money raised will go towards the refurbishment of the lower playground at the school in Vicarage Road, where some of the equipment is old and unsuitable for use by the children.

The Friends have so far raised about two-thirds of their £30,000 target.

Organiser Spencer Sheppard said: “It was a really nice night. The band were fantastic and played really well and there were lots of people dancing. I haven’t had any negative feedback and I want to thank everyone who supported us.

“We had use of the town hall for free and lots of people recognised we were a charity and minimised their costs.”

Mr Sheppard is now planning the school’s annual summer fete to raise more money as well as a children’s camping event in the school grounds and a Halloween glow in the dark party.

To make a donation, call the school on (01491) 575887 or send an email to

* More photographs from the ball will appear in Picture This in next week’s Henley Standard.

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