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Over £22,999 raised from the event – audience with Lord Julian Fellowes aid of Families for Children Adoption Agency

October 10, 2013

An audience with Julian Fellowes @ Gidleigh Park raises funds for SW charity

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An exclusive audience with Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of popular drama series Downton Abbey and sponsored by Brewin Dolphin Exeter office held at Gidleigh Park raised £23,000 for Families for Children Adoption Agency.  67 guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a lively and entertaining Q&A session with the revered actor at this intimate fundraiser organised by Westcountry businessman John Casson.  Executive Chef of Gidleigh Park and Patron of the charity Michael Caines, prepared a mouth-watering gourmet dinner complemented by fine wines generously donated by Private Cellar.
Alice Edmonds / Claire Green / Jenny Casson / John Casson / Lord Julian Fellowes / Lady Emma Fellowes / Judi Spiers / Michael Caines / Rachel Cook - Families For Children / Ally Colton - Families For Children

Alice Edmonds / Claire Green / Jenny Casson / John Casson / Lord Julian Fellowes / Lady Emma Fellowes / Judi Spiers / Michael Caines / Rachel Cook – Families For Children / Ally Colton – Families For Children

Lord Julian Fellows

Lord Julian Fellowes

Sandra Brown Michelmores / Rachel Cook - Families for Children / Lord Julian Fellowes / Lady Emma Fellowes / Simon Thomas - Michelmores

Sandra Brown Michelmores / Rachel Cook – Families for Children / Lord Julian Fellowes / Lady Emma Fellowes / Simon Thomas – Michelmores

Photos by Darren Strange Photography

Brewin Dolphin Exeter Office www.brewin.co.uk/exeter is delighted to be the main sponsor of this prestigious event, an exclusive evening with actor and creator of Downton Abbey, Lord Julian Fellowes in aid of a worthy South West charity:

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This is the latest in a succession of highly successful fundraising events organised by prominent West Country businessman John Casson. Previous events have welcomed other high profile guests such as Sir Michael Parkinson, General Sir David Richards and the Falklands war veteran Simon Weston raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities.

A special dinner will be prepared and cooked by award-winning Chef Michael Caines MBE, one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs with two Michelin stars. AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007 and awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, Michael is Executive Chef at GidleighPark, the acclaimed and prestigious country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford.   Adopted by Exeter-based parents he is a Patron of the Families for Children (FFC) charity.  The gourmet dinner with Petit Fours is complemented by high-quality wine generously supplied by Private Cellar together with a Champagne reception

Richard Pike Divisional Director of Brewin Dolphin Exeter says: “We are delighted to once again be the main sponsor for this wonderful charity fundraising event.  John Casson works extremely hard to make these events highly-successful and raise substantial monies for worthy causes.  Gidleigh Park is a renowned and prestigious restaurant and Exeter-based Michael Caines a revered Chef; it has all the ingredients to be a memorable evening.  This high-profile fundraiser with celebrity guest Lord Fellowes coincides with the new autumn series of the popular Downton Abbey drama so promises to be an event not to be missed.”

The ultimate VIP experience! Rolls Royce… Champagne… Diamonds…

Fabulous charity prizes generously donated by local business include a unique auction for an 18ct white gold diamond cluster pendant worth over £1,000 from independent South West jeweller Michael Spiers.  The winning bid includes a chauffeur driven 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II formerly owned by Oscar-winning actor, the late Sir John Mills.  On arrival the successful bidder and guest will be welcomed at one of Michael Spiers’ four South West showrooms with champagne and a delicious lunch.  www.michaelspiers.co.uk.

In addition Surridge Gallery based in Princesshay, Exeter a UK distributor of collectable limited edition and original paintings has kindly donated a limited edition print as a wonderful auction prize.   ‘Summer on the Green’ painted by Henderson Cisz for FFC is on canvas board and the edition number is 50.  Hand-signed by both the artist and Michael Caines Patron of the charity, the recommended retail price is £695.00 with a reserve of £395.00.  www.surridgegallery.co.uk.  More fabulous prizes can be seen on this link: http://johncasson.com/auctionitems/

Renowned Artist Diana Mackie, will be exhibiting some of her breath-taking oil on canvas paintings at the event one of which will be auctioned to raise funds for the charity.  Based on the Isle of Skye, Diana’s paintings seek to capture the effects of the elusive ‘Skye Light’ on the stunning landscape that surrounds her on the island.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Mackie-Artist/412168012136663?fref=ts

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Glen King
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