We Turned 7!

Posted by Bhavani Esapathi on 28th November 2017

Yes, we turned 7! What better way to celebrate than with our annual quiz along with a feast brought to us by local traders and a look back in celebration at the past year and of our young writers.  Partners and supporters joined us in raising a whopping £44,092 towards our mission of helping young people to discover and realise their creative potential.

In an evening hosted by new ambassador Inua Ellams and quiz master Dorothy Cotter, teams were put to their paces with quiz rounds penned by colleagues at Penguin Random House and two by First Minister, Nick Hornby. With a tense round of heads or tails in between, only one team could come out victorious; Hoxton Hall, aptly named in keeping in with our theme  of celebrating our local community.

They weren’t the only ones to go home with a prize though as there was an array of fabulous raffle and auction prizes on offer with our highest bidded items being a holiday in Spain to a tour of and lunch at Google’s new Youtube space where only the most influential vloggers go.

The evening was an extension of how the Hoxton community has come together to sustain and support us over the years with a number of speeches throughout the night from partners.  The food was provided by De Mezka’s around the corner, not to forget the delicious (& fun) gingerbread men from Andersons Bakery, a Hoxton treasure for the past 160 years! And our thriving team of dedicated volunteers who truly captured the spirit of the Ministry as it feels in our workshops and the work that we do.

Eleanor Anstruther, one of our supporters said, “As ever, the work of the ministry is an inspiration.  It’s human, ambitious, realistic, compassionate and loving, all wrapped up in a practical structure that works.”

We would like to thank everyone who joined us on the evening, donated auction & raffle prizes, all those who generously pledged and of course, our enthusiastic team of volunteers who helped make the evening a success.

We’re excited to be stepping into another year of learning, growing and making ideas come alive. And we hope you will join us in this journey in one way or another that suits you, do drop us a note or find out more about all the fun ways you can be part of the Ministry.

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