East Anglia’s leading giant tipi hire company, Events Under Canvas, was proud sponsor of the East Bergholt Community Fund’s inaugural Harvest Ball this weekend. The sell-out event raised a whopping £10,000, to be shared between the Suffolk Royal Voluntary Service and East Bergholt Primary School.
Around 200 attendees turned out to enjoy a sparkling reception in the grounds of Ackworth House, where five of Events Under Canvas’ interlinked tipis, complete with furnishings, provided the backdrop to a lively evening of entertainment.
Local musician Glen Crisp welcomed guests with an acoustic set, followed by a sit down meal provided by Ipswich-based caterer Bouquet Garni. After dinner bidding began on a host of auction lots, including a tandem sky dive and a flight in a two-seater plane, before The Ashton Jones Project took to the stage to perform.
Jenna Ackerley, Founder of Events Under Canvas and Chair of the Fund, said: “As director of a local business I am always astounded by the level of support we receive from the community and I am so pleased to be able to give something back through this sponsorship. This event was made possible through the generosity of a host of companies and individuals who donated their time, services and product free of charge and I am proud to be one of them”.
Teresa Gibbs, Operations Manager from the Suffolk Royal Voluntary Service, added; “Without generous donations like this one, the Royal Voluntary Service would not be able to continue our work helping older people across Suffolk retain their independence. Monies raised by Events Under Canvas and the East Bergholt Community Fund will go towards our lunch and social clubs, as well as our vital transport service.”
“On behalf of the whole team at East Bergholt CEVC I would like to say a big thank you to the East Bergholt Community Fund and everyone involved with this fantastic event” said Gill Mitchell, Headteacher at the School. “The harvest ball was a tremendous success and our students will benefit as a result”.