Moving Venue feel extremely proud to have catered for this year's 'Great British Bake Off' themed NSPCC Childline Ball. Held at Old Billingsgate on Thursday 29th September, an eye-watering £825,000 was raised for the NSPCC's Childline. The show-stopping event was hosted by comedian Omid Djalili, who proved he wasn’t short of innuendoes following recent news of ‘Bakexit’, which will see The Great British Bake Off move from the BBC to Channel Four.
Omid, who was once guest host on The Great Sports Relief Bake Off, was joined by Will Young who took time out from his Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals to perform a special acoustic set.
Will Young said: “It was such a privilege to perform at this year's Childline Ball and it was really heart-warming to see such a wealth of support for this fantastic cause. The money raised will go towards helping some of the UK's most vulnerable children, many of whom have nowhere else to turn, so I'm delighted to have been involved."
Catering at the charity ball was provided by Moving Venue by Smart, which saw 600 guests enjoy an exquisite three course dinner. The starter consisted of a smoked fish battenberg with salmon and trout, wrapped in smoked salmon and served with baby candy beets and beetroot purée smear. Main course was a succulent fillet of Surrey farms beef rolled in herb ash with mini brisket beef pudding, celeriac cream, wilted kale, sweet roasted shallots and red wine sauce. The pièce de résistance was a highly creative Great British Bake Off inspired edible choc cake ‘board’, with a rocky road ‘rolling pin’, ice cream ‘butter’, fudge ‘weights’, popping candy 'flour', mixed berries 'jam', coconut and mango ‘eggs’ and a passionfruit puree 'icing bag'.
This year’s Childline Ball celebrated Childline’s 30th birthday. Launched in October 1986, over the last three decades Childline has comforted and protected more than four million children and young people. Guests at the event were current and past Great British Bake Off contestants, including Richard Burr, Howard Middleton, Christine Wallace and Martha Collison. Also in attendance was Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzen, who was surprised on the night with a Childline 30th birthday cake made by star baker, Christine Wallace.
Speaking about the evening, Dame Esther said: “Not only did our guests enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment, but they were also incredibly generous. Even after 30 years of service Childline is as important as ever, with our 24-hour, free and confidential advice continuing to provide a vital life-line for children and young people. We save precious young lives and protect children from abuse, neglect and bullying, among many other serious problems. Events like The Great British Bake Off Childline Ball are crucial if we are to achieve our goal of being able to help every child that needs us be it online or over the phone.”
When Childline launched in 1986 the main point of contact for those reaching out to the service was through a phone box or landline. Now thousands of children contact Childline online, by email and 1-2-1 chat. Childline became part of the NSPCC ten years ago.
For more information of NSPCC’s Childline, please visit: https://www.childline.org.uk/
To check out our feature in Bake Off finalist Richard Burr's blog, visit: https://richardburr.london/2016/10/02/you-shall-go-to-the-ball/