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Holkham dinner raises £58K for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:02 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 July 2010

A star-studded dinner at Holkham Hall on Saturday raised £58,000 for a Norfolk charity.

The Best of Norfolk event was held to celebrate 40 years of Sheringham-based Break, which supports vulnerable children, adults and families.

A star-studded dinner at Holkham Hall on Saturday raised £58,000 for a Norfolk charity.

The Best of Norfolk event was held to celebrate 40 years of Sheringham-based Break, which supports vulnerable children, adults and families.

Guests at the black-tie event, hosted by Viscount and Viscountess Coke, included the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson; TV fashion expert Trinny Woodall, ex-England cricketer Matthew Fleming; actress Katie Rabett and Capital Radio's Richard Park, known to millions as the headmaster of BBC's Fame Academy.

They dined on a specially designed menu created by Norfolk chefs Galton Blackiston and Richard Hughes and The Victoria at Holkham. On the menu was smoked salmon and avocado salad, roast fillet of venison with champ, braised red cabbage with a venison jus, pannacotta with autumn raspberries, a selection of Norfolk cheeses and coffee, chocolates and mints.

Author Bill Bryson had been due to attend, but his wife Cynthia Billen explained that had fallen off a ladder and broken his heel.

Entertainment was provided by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, four-piece vocal group Blake and the Gresham's School Jazz Band.

A charity auction was conducted by Jeffrey Bowles. The 12 lots included a week at an Italian villa for up to 12 people, which fetched £8,500, and a signed copy of the latest James Bond novel Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks, plus two tickets to the forthcoming premiere of Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond movie, donated by Matthew Fleming, nephew of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Break's services include homes for children and young adults, supported holidays and respite care, assessments for families in crisis, mental health services for women, day support for adults with learning disabilities and mentoring schemes for young people.


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