redheadPR, the dynamic, independent public relations consultancy set up by Sara Tye marked its tenth year by raising nearly £3,000 for local charities at a glittering 121212 at Christ Church in Old Town.
The total will be put to supporting the Christ Church renewal and development fund, the Old Town Christmas Lights and Willows Counselling Service.
Sara Tye was thrilled: “I can’t believe we raised nearly £3000. I’m so grateful to everyone who gave so generously. It was one of those moments where I felt utterly proud and privileged to be part of the Swindon community, and to know all of these wonderful people”.
The black tie fundraising event, 121212, celebrated a momentous year which has seen the London 2012 Olympics, Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 160 years of Christ Church, the recent announcement of a Royal baby, and Swindon’s own Jahmene Douglas, velow reaching the X-Factor final, although he was unable to make the event in Christ Church.
121212 also took place on Sara’s birthday.
Christ Church was buzzing with array with high profile guests including the Mayor Councillor Mick Bray, and Mayoress Ruth Bray, right.
The bells of Christ Church started peeling out at 6.45pm to open this fabulous event, with guests walking up a red carpet aglow with Christmassy candles. As people began to arrive, collection guitarist, Jeremy Moss, whose repartee includes renaissance, Spanish and rock genres, was first to entertain guests with his mellow music.
A quartet of Christmas-Carol singers followed, spreading plenty of festive jollity. The music entertainment ended on a high note, with Swindon’s highly talented 18 year old recording artist Shannon Saunders singing a variety of her own written songs and some fantastic covers.
A glamorous cocktail reception greeted guests, courtesy of Baker Street, complete with luxurious Red Martinis. Heartfelt speeches from high profile guests were given throughout the evening, including, Reverend Simon Stevenette the Area Dean of Swindon, and Trystan Williams, Principal of Springfields Academy, winner of the SEN Provision Award at the annual Education Business Awards, pictured with pupil Callum Carter, below right.
A lavish buffet of homemade Italian-style food was laid out in the central aisle of Christ Church, with everything from delicious Melanzani Ripieni, stuffed aubergines, Polpettie Di Carni, meat balls in a lavish tomato sauce, and Insalata Di Riso, a delicious rice salad, topped off with high quality ice-cream, Mario’s Gelato, and tiramisu. With such a feast, the buffet table was never deserted.
Sara Tye is immensely pleased that she has been able to support so many local charities: “I’m just so glad to give something back to this community which has been my home for so long now”, says Sara.
Photo of Jahmene Douglas below by Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com