Our fabulous corporate supporters, timber and building merchants, Lawsons, hosted a Black & White Ball on Saturday 18th November in aid of Spread a Smile.

The glamorous event took place at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor and nearly 400 guests attended. The evening included a dinner, and a silent auction, followed by dancing, all to raise money to enable us to entertain more seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital.

The silent auction featured some exciting lots and had something to suit everyone’s taste. Football aficionados were interested in the various soccer-related goodies, including a stadium seat from former Tottenham home White Hart Lane! There was a chance to bid on a cycling experience at the Olympic Velodrome. Those in need of a break were tempted by holidays in the South of France and Bali. There were several fantastic foodie auction lots for the gastronomes at the party, as well as exciting opportunities to drive supercars, try a Top Gun flying experience and be treated like a VIP at the BRIT Awards Ceremony, to name just a few of the lots on offer. Thank you to those who bid!

Spread a Smile co-founders Josephine Segal and Vanessa Crocker spoke on the night about the charity’s work and the impact Lawsons support has made to us over the last few years. They said: Lawsons have made such a difference to our burgeoning charity. Whether it is raising money by climbing Mount Snowdon, cycling from London to Brighton, organising coffee and cake mornings or running half marathons as well as organising special events for our patients including a meet and greet with Watford football team, tickets for Tottenham Hotspur or rugby tickets. The list is endless and the support is quite outstanding. We are completely indebted to Lawsons for their support.

“The whole team at Lawsons have enabled us to put smiles on the faces of so many wonderful young people.”

Words of thanks are not really enough to express our gratitude, but we would like to say a big thank you to Lawsons for organising such a wonderful event in aid of Spread a Smile, with particular thanks to John and Gillian Lawson, their son Simon, and Managing Director Paul Sexton. We were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity on the evening and grateful for all the warm words of support and encouragement.