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Dinner with Steph and Dom raises £3,200 for Martha Trust at Sandwich Prom

By Eleanor Perkins

About 1,000 spectators filled the stunning Secret Gardens of Sandwich for entertainment from the likes of Folkestone band Rudy Warman and the Heavyweathers, Sarah and Ian Banks, guitarist Tom Abrahams and the P&O Ferries workplace choir.

Paul Messenger, Hiway, CJ and Lofty Harris also took to the stage.

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Steph and Dom Parker with Martha Trust residents Photo Alan Langley

Steph and Dom Parker with Martha Trust residents Photo: Alan Langley

The aim of the day was to raise as much cash as possible for the charity which provides residential, respite care and day care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities in its three homes in Hacklinge and Hastings.

An auction raised a whopping £7,115 alone. It was hosted by the Channel 4 stars Steph and Dom, whose eldest son, Max, has autism and epilepsy.

Lots included a dinner for six with the ‘posh’ pair which sold for a jaw-dropping £2,000 and a second dinner, which the couple donated at the last minute, which sold to a phone bidder for £1,200.

Steph and Dom Parker host the auction Photo Alan Langley

Steph and Dom Parker host the auction Photo: Alan Langley

Martha Trust director Judy Heath enjoys the music with friends Photo Alan Langley

Martha Trust director Judy Heath enjoys the music with friends Photo: Alan Langley

A helicopter ride for four people, donated by Heli Charter, also attracted a number of bids and eventually sold for £600.

The charity’s fundraising and events officer, Kerry Rubins, who was the main organiser of the event and who celebrated her birthday the same day, said: “I’d just like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and performers who all gave their time for free and also to Steph and Dom for their lovely venue and beautiful birthday flowers and champagne.”

PO Ferries workplace choir perform to the crowds Photo Alan Langley

P&O Ferries workplace choir perform to the crowds Photo: Alan Langley

Couples Come Dine with Me winners Jill and Geoff Martin enjoy the music Photo Alan Langley

Couples Come Dine with Me winners Jill and Geoff Martin enjoy the music Photo: Alan Langley

Julie Gayler, director of operations and marketing at the Martha Trust, said: “The prom was a huge success and we are confident we have raised more money than in previous years.

“Our thanks goes to Steph and Dom for giving up their time and beautiful gardens and to everyone who came and supported the event.”

 

For more pictures of the event, pick up this week's Mercury - out now.

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