Jersey Cheshire Home’s 30th anniversary year promises to go out in style with a fabulous Bollywood cabaret and ball in the Great Hall of the Hotel de France on 23 November.
Britain’s Got Talent 2011 runners-up, Signature, the dance duo of Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh, whose style of British bhangra originates from the Punjab, will be topping the bill. They will be supported by a quartet of professional Bollywood dancers and a traditional Keralan drummer. The Indian state of Kerala, in the south –west of the sub-continent bordering the Arabian Sea – has a rich tradition of drumming, ranging from temple drums to the drums of agricultural rituals. Prior to the ball, 25 Islanders will be undertaking a trek in Kerala to raise funds for the home.
The home’s Operations Manager, David Lord, says the evening promises to be one of Indian indulgence, with a flavoursome – but not too hot or spicy – three-course feast, champagne on arrival, with half-a-bottle of wine and a licquer for each guests. Dress code is ‘black tie’ but guests are being asked to wear formal Indian wear to add to the atmosphere of the very last ball in the Great Hall.
‘This will be the last big fundraiser for us after what has been a really successful year of fundraising and raising our profile. What better way to round it all off with such an exciting and fabulous event,’ he said.
The home’s patron, the Lieutenant-Governor, General Sir John McColl, and Lady McColl, will be the guests of honour. DJ Lummy will be providing exotic beats and there will be an auction with lots including a car, holiday for two to Thailand and a yacht charter in the Mediterranean Sea. Tickets cost £95 or £900 for a table of ten.
The landmark year has been packed with events including an open day, a sponsored cycle run on the Airport runway and events on a 30 minute theme, such as tea parties, good deeds helping others, and art projects. There was a Variety Concert at the Opera House at the end of June, ‘It’s a Knockout’ in 28 July, tin rattling at the Battle of Flowers as the home was the event’s chosen charity, and a Flag Day last month.
With half of the 400 tickets sold, Mr Lord urged Islanders to get in quick for a night to remember and to help Jersey Cheshire Home meet its anniversary fundraising total of £300,000.
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