HRH The Princess Royal, patron of deafblind charity Sense International, attended the Sense International fundraising ball at The Artillery Garden marquee, in London on 24 June 2015.
The event, was hosted by Valerie Singleton and raised in excess of £80,000 with donations still rolling in for the charity’s Finding Grace appeal, a pioneering programme to screen 300,000 infants in Kenya and Uganda for deafblindness. The appeal is supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) who will match, pound for pound, all the proceeds from the ball, and every donation made before 10 September 2015.
During her speech, The Princess Royal, spoke about furthering the work of Sense International and the importance of a new early intervention programme in Kenya and Uganda.
The event was attended by over 300 people who were entertained with music from classical singer Charlotte Jaconelli, and a live auction hosted by TV antiques expert, Charles Hanson.
Gillian Morbey, Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all those who dug deep and pledged their support during this fantastic event. We were overwhelmed by their generosity and thanks to them, we are now one step closer to establishing early intervention and screening services in Kenya and Uganda for the very first time.
“Our thanks go to our sponsors and to Valarie Singleton, Charles Hanson, Charlotte Jaconelli and The Princess Royal for making such a memorable and enjoyable evening.”
To donate, or to find out more about the appeal visit senseInternational.org.uk/FindingGrace
About Sense International
Between 10 June and 10 September, the UK Government will match donations to the campaign pound for pound to allow Sense International to carry out vital early identification work.
Sense International is a global charity supporting deafblind people in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. We are one of the world’s leading international organisations working for deafblind people and their families.
Further information can be found on Sense International’s website www.senseinternational.org.uk