Guests have a real ball as Pendley Celebrity Sports Dinner rakes in record amount

This year's celebrity panel included Spurs legend Clive Allen, BBC sports presenter Mark Pougatch, cricketer Hugh Morris, rugby union commentator Miles Harrison and boxing and general sport commentator John Rawling
This year's celebrity panel included Spurs legend Clive Allen, BBC sports presenter Mark Pougatch, cricketer Hugh Morris, rugby union commentator Miles Harrison and boxing and general sport commentator John Rawling

It was a record-breaking night at the 10th annual Celebrity Sports Dinner at Pendley Manor Hotel as the glitzy bash raised more than £37,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

The sum is more than enough to fund a hospice at home nurse for a year and will benefit hundreds of patients diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families.

This year’s fundraising brings the total gathered over the 10 years to just under £200,000 and Chris Langford from the event’s organising committee said: “We were absolutely delighted with the amount we were able to raise.”

The sell-out evening combined a dinner with silent and formal auctions and an informal discussion with a panel of sports celebrities.

Chris added: “More than 160 people attended the bash, many of whom have supported the event before, but all came well prepared to be generous with their bids and donations.

“As well as raising money for this important local charity, everyone had a really enjoyable evening and we are so pleased that our 10th anniversary was such a success.”

This year’s celebrity panel included Spurs legend Clive Allen, BBC sports presenter Mark Pougatch, cricketer Hugh Morris, rugby union commentator Miles Harrison and boxing and general sport commentator John Rawling.

Guests at the dinner were able to question the panel about their experiences in the sports world and their opinions on a wide range of current sporting issues.

Chris was joined on the organising committee once again by sports commentator Peter Drury, local businessman Bob Mayson and charity fundraiser Hannah Asquith.

Gillian Barnett, director of fundraising and marketing, said: “We would like to thank everybody involved with Thursday’s dinner, particularly the guests and the organising committee whose commitment to the project is reflected by the amazing amount of money they have raised, not just this year but over the last 10 years.

“We really are very grateful to them for their continued support.”

Thanks to the generous support of Hemel Hempstead company Real D, all income from the night was able to be donated directly to Rennie Grove.