The Big Curry night party…..
The Guildhall, Salisbury was the impressive venue on Friday 26th Octoberr for the 2018 Big Curry Party held in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Hosted by Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton CStJ, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire and President of ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, the evening raised over £14,000. The money raised makes such a vital difference to our veterans, serving soldiers and their families, so many of whom live and work in Wiltshire itself, and the Charity was profoundly grateful for the overwhelming support it received from the sponsors, guests and volunteers on the night.
It was a spectacular evening, animated with colour and entertainment. The evening began with an effervescent champagne reception and the guests then moved into the Guildhall which had been transformed into the exotic, vibrant colours of the subcontinent. The stunning flowers were provided by Paloma Lily, the exquisite menu by Noon Products, refreshing beer by Kingfisher Beer and service was beautifully executed by the young cadets from from the Wellington Academy CCF. After a warm welcome from Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, the guests were treated to an inspiring and stirring talk by General Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, followed by a spellbinding performance by Richard Jones, magician and serving soldier and the winner of Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, who held his audience enthralled by his bewildering talent. The evening closed with an exciting Silent Auction with lots as varied as tickets to Arsenal and fishing on the Avon.
Aspire Defence, Kerry Foods, Kingfisher Beer, Noon Products, Acheson Construction, Our Enterprise, Star Servicesand Redrow Homes Limited.
“Oh my goodness, Richard. That was so incredible, poignant, noble, brilliantly British” – ALESHA DIXON
“I really really want to see you in the final. The whole nation is behind you…it’s not a trick, it’s magic.” – AMANDA HOLDEN
“You, sir, are a wizard. That has to be magic.” – SIMON COWELL
”Absolutely Mind Boggling!” – PRINCE CHARLES
The Big Curry event has become to The Soldiers’ Charity, what the Coffee Morning is to The Macmillan Fund. With the ever-increasing military presence in Wiltshire, the charity — which supports individual soldiers, veterans and their immediate families — felt it was important to host a fundraising event in the county.
Caroline Cary, the Event Organiser said: “Every element of the evening relies upon someone’s help and contribution and I cannot thank everyone enough for making this event such a successful one for The Soldiers’ Charity.