Afasic Jazz Night at the Pheasantry
On Saturday 13 September Afasic held its second jazz night at the Pheasantry in Chelsea, this time with the wonderful Salena Jones and her Sextet performing for us.
Salena and the band put on a great show to a packed room and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. There was something for everyone in the repertoire and the quality of the music was top class; although the audience weren’t quite so good when Salena said it was their turn to join in and sing – hopefully with a bit more practice they will be better next time !?
There was very warm applause throughout the evening for Salena and the band that was thoroughly deserved. At the end Salena was presented with a special bouquet of flowers by our volunteer Charlotte to bring proceedings to a close.
Many thanks go to Salena for agreeing to support us in this way and to her agent Tony Puxley for all his help and support along the way, it really means a lot and is greatly appreciated. We are also grateful to everyone who bought a ticket and came along to the show, and for digging deep to contribute to the raffle and auction.
We also had a lot of generous donations of very special items for the raffle and auction and we are extremely grateful to everyone who made a contribution, including:
Abby Beverly (one of our Vice Presidents) who very kindly made a beautiful cushion that was snapped up early on; our President John Bercow who donated a signed bottle of ‘Speaker’s Whiskey’; Waitrose in Clerkenwell who donated a set of 6 bottles of wine; Kew Gardens for 2 tickets, The London Eye for 4 tickets; Peter Clarke for a bottle of Champagne; Pizza Express for a meal for 2; Eat 17 for some of their very tasty ‘Bacon Jam’; City Cruises for 2 tickets for a river trip; the Pottery Café for a voucher; Teamsport for a Go-Karting session; the Kia Oval for 4 tickets to a cricket match; and a very special mention for florists Moyses Stevens who kindly donated the flowers presented to Salena and a voucher for the raffle.
For the special auction items we are extremely grateful to Beaufort House who very kindly donated a year’s free membership of their private members’ club in the Kings Road; to David Guile for a very special bottle of Chateau Latour wine; Harlequins rugby club for a signed shirt, Arsenal for a signed football, and Tottenham Hotspur for a signed pennant.
The auction and raffle brought in just over £1,000 and with the ticket sales added on the overall total income from the night was about £2,500.
Our thanks also go to our volunteers on the night, Charlotte Ralph, James Sheldon, and Gareth Allen (our photographer for the night) for all their hard work; and of course to the Pheasantry and all their staff for hosting the event for us.
As a small specialist charity all your support really does make a difference to us and is greatly appreciated by everyone at Afasic. Here’s to the next one!