Following on from the huge success of 2016’s inaugural event, the decision was taken to register HQR London as a Charitable Trust.
The new charity aims to raise as much money as possible through those in London’s high quality residential sector, and then distribute those funds to worthy charities which are close to the hearts of its members.
Having established HQR London Charitable Foundation, the first focus for the Trustees was the 2017 Summer Ball. The event was spectacular and the funds raised far exceeded all expectations and reinforced the charitable aims of the Foundation and the Summer Ball as its main event.
Further fund raising events are being planned, including HQR Ski which takes place in early 2018 (www.hqrski.com), as the charity looks to build on its early success over the coming years, whilst also providing unrivalled networking opportunities at its functions.
HQR founders Andrew Crispin of Walter Lilly, and Darren Size of Sizebreed Group, are the initial trustees of the charity. Importantly, the charity has no running costs, as these costs are being covered by the trustee’s firms. This means that 100% of the money raised goes to the nominated charities, which both Andrew and Darren believe is hugely important.
The plan is to add further trustees as the charity becomes established, with the aim of spreading the reach of the charity across the high end residential sector.
The Ball is intended to be an inclusive social and networking event where companies, their business guests, along with wives, husbands and partners are actively encouraged to attend and enjoy a memorable evening.
The venue, The Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, has once again been selected to reflect the discerning and luxury nature of the sector and promises to host yet another unrivalled evening of entertainment.
Our industry has a strong heritage of corporate social responsibility and charitable giving and this was evidenced at both the 2016 and 2017 events, when the incredible sum of £168,200 was raised for our nominated charities. The 2018 event will continue this tradition and will raise funds for people less fortunate than ourselves. A donation will be included as part of your table cost, and there will be a charitable theme to the evening itself. All money raised from the evening will be donated on an equal basis to this years two chosen charities.