Alabaré : RAF Boscombe Down Dinner Raises Over £12,600 for Veterans


A glittering black tie military experience dinner held at RAF Boscombe Down raised over £12,600 in aid of Alabaré’s work with armed forces veterans.

Hosted by the new Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton and the Alabaré Wiltshire Ambassadors, the evening started with a Champagne reception followed by a sumptuous dinner in the officers’ mess. Not content with treating diners to a really delicious meal, the caterers then donated a further £250 for the cause!

Special thanks go to Squadron Leader Samantha Westcott and her staff who put a huge amount of effort into making the evening such a success.


Guests heard from Derek, one of our armed forces veterans who told them about his experiences which led him to living at one of Alabaré’s homes.

Bidding was fast and furious at the auction done by Simon Langton with prizes including a hot air balloon flight, 24 hours on a warship, fishing, a week in a villa in Spain, a cruise down the Thames in Havengore – the barge which transported Churchill to his state funeral and a private tour of Salisbury Cathedral’s roof spaces. A raffle also helped swell the coffers before guests danced the night away to the sounds of jazz singer Sandy Ince.

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