Champagne, live classical and rock music, a three course buffet, a ‘dress to impress’ masked dance (masks optional!) and a chance to see one of Norfolk’s great houses … The Wolterton Extravagant, at Wolterton Hall on September 16, promises to be one of the great social events of the year – and it’s already raising thousands for Hospice Ethiopia, a Norfolk-based charity doing great work for desperate people in Ethiopia.
Why ‘Extravagant’? “Because it’s going to be different, special and, we hope, extraordinary,” says Sue Mumford, chair of Hospice Ethiopia UK, the charity organising The Wolterton Extravagant.
Tickets are selling fast and guests are coming from all over the country, and from even further afield. “We have people coming from Cornwall, Newcastle – there’s a couple from Stockholm, too,” says Sue. “We’d love to make it a sell-out, the money is going to such a good cause.”
As patron of the event, Lady Dannatt MBE will be there. She says, “Ethiopia has a population of around 100 million, but only one hospice: Hospice Ethiopia. Its staff work tirelessly to deliver care to the dying. However, what’s really important is the training Hospice Ethiopia is conducting, so that other medics can help many thousands of desperate people, and their families.
“This is an extraordinary venue for what we hope will be an extraordinary event to support an extraordinary charity.”
The Wolterton Extravagant will include a champagne reception, three-course buffet meal, an auction and live music, both classical and rock. There will also be a bar and lots of other entertainments – including the opportunity to buy G&T using the official ‘best gin in the world’, courtesy of Bullards of Norwich.
Wolterton Hall was recently sold by the Walpole family to Peter Sheppard and Keith Day, who are currently restoring it to its former glories. When they heard about the idea for an event for Hospice Ethiopia, they were only too happy to offer the Hall. “It’s an amazing building with a wealth of history and beautiful rooms and grounds, including a fabulous marble ballroom,” says Sue. “The restoration is bringing it all back to life, making it the perfect venue for a spectacular event. We’re so grateful to Peter and Keith.”
The Wolterton Extravagant takes place on September 16 2017, 7.30pm till midnight, and tickets cost £50, which includes champagne* and food. For more information and to buy tickets visit hospiceethiopia.org.uk or contact Clare Glenn, 01263 734853 or email@example.com
* Up to three glasses per person
Tim Morgan, The Publicity Works – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01263 761000
Sue Mumford, Hospice Ethiopia UK – email@example.com / 01263 768699