On Wednesday 14th November, loyal supporters, Trustees, volunteers and members of staff of Naomi House & Jacksplace joined together in the Mike Channon Suite at St Mary’s Stadium for a Night of Celebration. This event rounded up a variety of fundraising and celebratory events that Naomi House & Jacksplace has been hosting all year to mark its 21st birthday.
Over 200 guests were welcomed to the stadium by All That Swing, a local swing duo, for a welcome drink. They then took their seats for a welcome from the charity’s Chief Executive, Mark Smith, followed by a delicious three-course meal.
The hospices wanted to recognise the long-term support that many generous individuals and corporate companies had shown over the years, and so the evening followed with speeches and an awards ceremony. The Peter Lee Award for Long Term Support (named after Dr. Peter Lee who recognised the need for a children’s hospice in the South) went to St Mark’s Over 60s Club, who has raised over £20,000 for Naomi House & Jacksplace since 1995. The Mary Cornelius-Reid Award for Innovation, (named after Mary Cornelius-Reid who gifted the land that Naomi House & Jacksplace is built on), went to Redrow Homes, who donated fixtures and fittings to be used in the family accommodation at the hospices and helped renovate several Naomi House charity shops. The Chief Executive’s Award for Community Support went to June Davey, a member of the community who has been organising fundraising events since before the hospices were even built. The final award, which was the Life President’s Award for Voluntary Service, went to the team of volunteer gardeners for keeping the Naomi House & Jacksplace gardens looking beautiful all year round.
Mark Smith, Chief Executive at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
‘We were delighted to be joined by so many long-term and new supporters, who came out to help us celebrate our 21st birthday in style. We are so proud of how far the hospices have progressed over the years and we’re very much looking forward to the next 21 years, which will involve continuing the development and innovation of Naomi House & Jacksplace. The children, young adults and families we serve are at the centre of what we do, and we wouldn’t be able to provide that vital care without the enormous generosity and continued regular support from our community.’
The Night of Celebration continued with dancing, courtesy of DJ Simon Clarke, socialising and reminiscing about the last incredible 21 years of fundraising. Guests could also get a glitter makeover from Neon & Blush, who provided a glitter station after dinner.