The springing up of Gin tasting and Gin bars has created the opportunity for those charities to take advantage of this movement and put on such events in order to raise money.
Held in the Guildhall, Lichfield, this grade II listed building was rebuilt in 1844 having fallen into disrepair from its original construction back in 1387.
The Guildhall took on many responsibilities for the City and performed many functions of local governance but now this historic building provides a fantastic and unusual backdrop for such events as the ?Love Gin? charity promotion.
Over 20 different Gins were available to taste and try and any favourites available for purchase at the end of the evening. This popular event was attended by over 300 expectant tasters with the odd one or two ?Gin Virgins?.
The event included some light refreshment and your own personal Gin tasting glass which you used to sample the delights on offer. Of course, the object of the event is to raise awareness of the work both charities do and produce funds to allow them to carry out their fantastic work.
St Giles provides Hospice Care for adults and offer a support mechanism for their families as their loved ones come to the end of their life.
The Donna Louise Trust provides respite and support to families and hospice care to children and young adults who have a short time to live. This is incredibly amazing work which requires strong and dedicated people to work in such environments but families who have had to use their facilities say these people are special, invaluable and without them would struggle to deal with both the situation and grief after the passing of a young soul.
Over recent weeks the City Centre of Lichfield has been displaying some of the artwork that the children attending The Donna Louise have created. They are truly amazing, which shows off the incredible talent of such young children displayed for shoppers at the Three Spires Centre.
During the evening despite the copious amounts of Gin being sampled the event managed to raise £6,000 on the night and a further £500 from the raffle and tombola with Teresa Hayes winning a bottle of the famous ?Shires? Gin made in Lichfield which won the Gold Medal as ?Best Gin? in 2017.
?It?s been a great evening and it?s been amazing with all the different tastes and you soon get in the swing of things! Without the usual queue for the bar?.
Niki Baker, Finance Manager.
?I?ve never had Gin before and I hate tonic water but managed to suffer with lemonade, but I?m becoming converted?
Heather Blackwell, Purchasing
We would like to thank The Donna Louise whose work is throughout Cheshire and Staffordshire and St Giles who operate in the Staffordshire area. Our ladies had a fabulous time and are pleased to have contributed to such great causes and we wish you well for the future.
?I was introduced to the Donna Louise Trust by a good Friend and Bramston’s Golf Club Captain Tim Winn, his chosen charity was The Donna Louise and he auctioned off the picture ?Friends Forever? painted by Stephen aged 8. I managed to secure the painting and it now hangs in my study. I was amazed to find it displayed in High Street in Lichfield and immediately recognised it and other works by the children. When I realised the charity was holding a function in the City I knew it would be a great event for our ladies to attend and support and I am delighted they were able to raise such a large sum towards their respective causes?
Simon Lamb, M.D.