The historic grandeur of The Mansion House provided a glamourous backdrop to the annual Treloar’s Gala Dinner, on Monday 24th September 2018, held in aid of the disabled children and young people who live and learn at Treloar School and College in Alton, Hampshire, UK.
Founded by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, in 1907, Treloar’s is the only charity based outside of the City of London which has been supported by the Lord Mayor for the past 111 years. Treloar’s is a remarkable, life-changing place for 170 of the UK’s most severely physically disabled children and young people, providing education, care, equipment and opportunities to enable these young people to have a brighter, more independent future.
The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, kindly hosted the evening. After champagne welcome drinks in the salon, guests were seated and then entertained by the choir from Treloar’s. Performing songs from “Beauty & the Beast” students Dom, Joe, Joss, Sally and Sophie received a standing ovation for a truly remarkable performance. After dinner, Treloar Parent, Simon Savage, explained what it meant to him and his family to see their daughter progress through the School, and the difference Treloar’s has made. This moving speech highlighted the need for a new minibus, which is what the proceeds from the night would support.
Guests at the Gala Dinner included many from the City Livery community, whose links with Treloar’s are incredibly strong, but also many Treloar’s supporters including Pamela Harper who is the great niece of Sir William Purdie Treloar and CEO of Luxury Life International together with our Editor, James William Phillips. Also enjoying the evening were Alderman and Sheriff Tim Hailes, Sheriff Neil Redcliffe, Alderman Prem Goyal OBE JP, The Hon Elizabeth Green and Alistair Mackintosh, Chair of Trustees at Treloar’s.
Treloar students are encouraged to play a full part in their local community, compete in sports, gain life skills through work experience, watch plays and go to concerts. Treloar’s run a small fleet of minibuses for these types of activity. This year, two 15 year old vehicles have come to the end of their serviceable life so just to maintain the current service levels, it is vital that they are replaced. The proceeds from the Gala Dinner will be used to replace one of the old vehicles with a clean engine minibus configured with all modern safety features and protect our programme of student activities. This is just one of the many projects which Treloar’s needs to raise funds for each year.
The generosity of the gathered guests was truly remarkable with everyone digging deep for the raffle, silent and live auction. In total, the Gala Dinner raised £80,000 which secured the purchase of the minibus which will ensure that future generations of Treloar students will have the same access to the community as their peers.
For further information about Treloar’s please visit their website www.treloar.org.uk
- The Treloar Trust was founded by Sir William Purdie Treloar while he was Lord Mayor of the City of London. Now, 110 years later, it supports Treloar School (for pupils 2-16) and Treloar College (further education for students 16+). Both School and College are specialists in providing education, care, therapy, medical support, independence training and opportunities for young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK.
- Treloar School and College support approximately 170 students each year. Treloar’s students have complex and sometimes multiple physical disabilities. They may also have a communication or sensory impairment or associated learning difficulties.
- Over 40 disabilities are represented at Treloar’s – the most common are cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. A vast majority of students use wheelchairs, almost half have little or no speech and approximately 20% have a life-limiting condition.
- As the largest non-maintained specialist provision of its kind in the UK, Treloar’s relies on private donations to sustain the level of care the students receive.
- Both the School and College have been rated as Outstanding across the board by Ofsted and the CQC for educational standards and residential care.
- The Treloar fundraising team has to find around £2M per year to provide therapies, equipment and services not covered by statutory funding, for inspirational young people. All donations are invested in the young people to help them lead as independent, pain free, healthy life as possible. Your help will help us change a life forever: http://www.treloar.org.uk/making-a-donation/