Lord Julian Fellowes Charity Dinner

Sunday 13 October 2013

Lord Julian Fellowes Charity dinner raises almost £23,000

On Thursday 10 October 2013, a charity dinner organised by the foundation took place in aid of South West adoption agency Families for Children. Seventy guests attended the sell-out event at Gidleigh Park, the two-Michelin-star restaurant on Dartmoor. The event was generously sponsored by wealth management company Brewin Dolphin and independent wine merchant Private Cellar.


Left to Right: Lord Julian Fellowes, Michael Caines Head Chef at Gidleigh Park, Richard Pike from Brewin Dolphin and Ally Colton from Families for Children with John Casson.

The guests enjoyed an entertaining and memorable talk from the award-winning actor and writer of Downton Abbey, Lord Julian Fellowes, made even more special as the fourth series was being screened on ITV.

This was followed by a mouth-watering gourmet dinner created by Gidleigh Park’s head chef, Michael Caines MBE, who was himself adopted and is a patron of Families for Children.

During the evening BBC broadcaster and vice patron of Families for Children Judi Spiers addressed the audience, explaining the work of the charity. This was a lively event with some amazing auction lots, including a VIP experience and diamond pendant donated by Michael Spiers, which sold for £1,400. This contributed to an incredible total of just under £23,000 being raised on the night.

Richard Pike, Divisional Director for Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter Office, said: ‘We were delighted to once again be the main sponsor for this wonderful charity fundraising event. The John Casson Foundation works extremely hard to make these events highly successful and raise substantial monies for worthy causes.’

You can view more photos of this event in the Photo Gallery.