£8000 raised at the HAT Foundation Ball

Reporting the success of the HAT Foundation Black Tie Ball at Copthorne hotel October 15th 2010

Barclays Bank cheque presentation

Karen Locke with the cheque from Barclays and Norman Pierera the compare for the evening

The evening was a huge success, attended by 130 guests and raised a fantastic £8000.00. Special thanks to Karen Locke who presented a cheque for £750 on behalf of Barclays Bank. This takes the total donated to the charity by Barclays this year to £1500.00

Guests were treated to a 3 course meal and an evening of great entertainment by the Copthorne Hotel in house Panto company, Simon Sparkles, a local magician, and compere Norman Peirera all of whom donated their services for free.   Auction and raffle prizes were donated by many local Businesses and friends of the charity.

The HAT Foundation, a local charity started by Barry businessman Cavan Sullivan of Welsh Window Systems, his wife Deborah and daughter Aimee back in 2005 following the Tsunami in Sri Lanka.  The charity recently became registered and now has 5 trustees and volunteers whom are all committed to making a difference to those not as fortunate as themselves.

During a short speech Cavan focused on one of the main priorities of the charity in the last year, which has been providing fresh running water into Udumulla village, where previously the villagers drew their water from a dirty well.   “The joy on the faces of those who could have only previously dreamed of a tap in their garden, will stay with me for life and for only £120 per home we can change a family’s life, not for one day, one month or even one year, but forever!” Sadly for many family’s £120 is an amount they could never save in their lifetime. We are hoping to fund water into fifty homes within the next 12 months. Should you wish to sponsor water into a family home contact us on 01446-749821

Cavan accepts the cheque

Cavan Sullivan, chairman of the HAT Foundation accepts the cheque from Barclays Bank representative Karen Locke

The Trustees and committed volunteers would like to thank all who attended the event.
Cavan went on to say “To raise £8000.00 from just 130 people is an incredible success and was only possible because of the generosity of many local people who donated time, money and gifts. Barclay’s bank have supported the charity for four years and have been fantastic they have already offered support for our next event.”

The HAT Foundation is a small charity and prides itself on ensuring that no money is taken for administrative purposes, all funds raised being spent directly on projects in Sri Lanka.