On Saturday 7th September, Councillor Jane Gray, Chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council and her husband Edward hosted a fund raising Garden Party in the beautiful gardens of her home at Ayot St. Lawrence. Her chosen Charity are Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North who provide respite breaks for carers who are looking after loved ones who are ill, frail or disabled.
During the afternoon more than 200 invited guests enjoyed a lavish tea, champagne, raffle and live music. The guests included Viscount and Viscountess Trenchard, the Queens representative Mr. W. Tudor John DL, The Hon. Henry and Martha Lytton Cobbold and Mayors, Chairpersons and Consorts from across Hertfordshire.
The event was made possible due to the generosity of Jane Gray, support from sponsors and donations, dedicated volunteers and a hard working team from the charity.
Sponsors for the event included MBDA represented by Bryony Smith and Alan Fuller and their partners and FGH Controls Limited represented by Colin Green and his wife Karen. Over 30 raffle prizes were donated by local companies, too numerous to mention individually, which added to the fundraising effort.
Highlights of the day included cupcake sales from a Vintage Cart provided by The Sugar Boutique in Knebworth, amazing live music from talented local young musicians – Roxy Searle and the St. Christopher School Senior Jazz Band and a games area including croquet, tennis, badminton and Jenga.
A team of over 20 volunteers, many of them carers or former carers themselves, worked hard behind the scenes on the day to help make the afternoon a huge success.
Councillor Jane Gray said “I am delighted to support Crossroads Care, an enormously worthy charity providing respite breaks for carers and supporting them in many other ways. Thanks to generous support from sponsorship, donations and our invited guests, the fund raising Garden Party proved to be a great success. I extend my sincere personal thanks to all involved.”