Benevolent Ball breaks £40k barrier

18 March, 2014

The annual ball of trade charity The Benevolent raised over £40,000.

The figure included £7,600 from the auction of a collection of limited edition Taittinger Champagnes donated by the late Michael Cox.

A critics’ case of bottles from the personal cellars of wine writers including Jancis Robinson MW, Hugh Johnson and Oz Clarke fetched £4,000.

Benevolent chief executive David Cox said: “The valuable funds raised will truly help those less fortunate than us and I am extremely grateful for all the support from our sponsors and the guests.”

The guest speaker was former Telegraph wine correspondent Richard Neill, a beneficiary of the Benevolent in his personal struggle with motor neuron disease.




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