LPFF News

LPFF Gala Dinner raises record amount

Anonymous 29 November 2018

The Foundation held its biggest annual fundraising event, the Gala Dinner, at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday 15th November. The evening, which was hosted by Vice President Martin Bayfield, kicked off in style with a champagne reception before guests were then treated to a sumptuous meal in the beautiful surroundings of the Lancaster Ballroom.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, London Director of Public Health England was our guest speaker and she spoke passionately about the work of the Foundation and how well managed playing fields can have major public health benefits for the communities they serve. This was especially pertinent as the focus for the evening’s fundraising activities was our Coping Through Football project. Guests were shown a video featuring participants and their families and the positive impact the project is having on them. An outstanding £60,000 was raised via the pledge to support the project for another year.  

We also presented our annual Made in London Award to former England, Tottenham Hotspur and Man Utd player Teddy Sheringham, who grew up in Waltham Forest and played on LPFF grounds as a young boy.

The evening raised a phenomenal £285,000 which helped us surpass our target of £1million raised from our Gala Dinners since 2011 and will ensure we can continue protecting places to play sport forever. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us and all who gave prizes or donations.

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