A Marvellous Dinner for Charity

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Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
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11:42am, 4th August

Former nurse Rosemary Higgs who cared for Roald Dahl many years ago, hosts a marvellous dinner to raise money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

On Friday 30th June, a marvellous dinner was hosted at Little Missenden Village Hall, close to the home of the world's number one storyteller Road Dahl.

The dinner was hosted by Rosemary Higgs, a former nurse who cared for Roald Dahl towards the end of his life. Rosemary, Roald and Liccy (Roald's wife) became great friends and Rosemary was Roald's favourite nurse. Since Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity opened its doors in 1991, Rosemary has supported the charity's aims and she decided that a yummy three-course dinner, along with a fantastic raffle was a great way to raise funds to help support more seriously ill children through Roald Dahl specialist children's nurses.

Over 60 guests ate their Dahlicious meal and heard from the charity's Chief Executive, Jane Miles who shared information about the inspiring work of Roald Dahl specialist children's nurses and the continued need for support, to ensure every seriously ill child receives the best possible healthcare.  

The evening raised £1,423.70 through ticket sales and from the marvellous raffle, which included wonderful items such as lunch for two at The Nags Head, a voucher from Big Sky and a Golden Ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, all of which were donated to the charity. Rosemary, a dedicated fundraiser and supporter of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity is not stopping at the delightful dinner. She is currently planning a bridge afternoon and has some other fantastic ideas up her sleeve to help raise funds.

What's more, Katie Greig, Rosemary's daughter is also soon to be volunteering her time and skills on a regular basis. This support, which is very much valued at the charity, helps us reach our strategic aims which include funding over fifteen more specialist paediatric nurses by 2020. Katie followed in her mother's footsteps and is also a qualified nurse, bringing years of experiences of caring for the seriously ill. A strong connection to Roald Dahl continues in the family as Rosemary's grandson, Jack Costello played the first ever Charlie Bucket in the West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2013.

Vanessa Casey, Interim Head of Fundraising and Communications at Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity is delighted by the support of Rosemary and Katie. She said, "Rosemary's fundraising events are proof that with a little planning and a lot of passion and dedication, you can not only raise money for a great cause, but have a lot fun while doing so.

We are honoured to have them support our charity. Whether it's a wonderful dinner or spending time supporting our small team at the office, with help from individuals such as Rosemary and Katie, we can help more seriously ill children, young people and their families. Receiving their support enables us to continue Roald Dahl's legacy of helping to improve the lives of others."

Could you host a marvellous dinner for your family, friends or colleagues? What about volunteering your time? Don't have much of that? Why not sign-up to Payroll Giving and make a regular donation? However you would like to get involved, we're here to help.

Email: fundraising@roalddahlcharity.org to find out more.