Harbour Lights and Spectre Team Up for Hospital Charity

by Fred Blagden (@fredblagden)

WITH the new release of Spectre Harbour Lights hosted a champagne reception and screening of the film to raise money for Southampton Hospital Charity.

A collection bucket that was outside the screen.
A collection bucket that was outside the screen.

 The event was a sell out with all 184 tickets being sold to avid Bond fans. The hospital charity website called the event a huge success.

The event managed to raise £1,387.10 to go towards a number of causes at the hospital.

Jamie Abel, a film expert who attended the event said “I think that events like this are great. I mean you can see from the amount of people that turned up and the amount of money raised.”

With tickets priced at £15 they included a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés, provided by local catering company Tall Hats Catering, and local supermarket Sainsbury’s Hedge End. Popcorn and a drink were also on offer at a generous price of £2.20.

The prizes for the raffle.
The prizes for the raffle.

With a dress code of optional black tie many of the guests turned up wearing something that would not be unfamiliar on 007 himself.

After Spectre’s initial release it had received excellent reviews with people picking out both Daniel Craig, and Christopher Waltz’s performances as excellent.

The 45 minute reception leading up to the film gave guests the chance to both network and socialise with like minded people whilst enjoying the atmosphere.

The night also provided a raffle for the guests with prizes ranging from a bottle of martini bianco to donuts.

Banner advertising the work the charity does.
Banner advertising the work the charity does.

The money raised will be put towards current projects the charity is funding at the hospital such as a improvements to the paediatric eye and paediatric cardiology units. This will allow them to split the cardiology into rooms rather than cubicles which will improve communication which can be difficult if multiple conversations are occurring.

They want to expand the paediatric eye unit and also add an extra room for breastfeeding mothers, this will greatly improve patient care and outpatient space. They are also looking for funding for both the cystic fibrosis and asthma departments.

The money will also help the hospital obtain an ultrasound machine which will help detect deep vein thrombosis as the hospital currently only has one machine that scans over 4,000 patients a year.

With Spectre having appeared in previous Bond classics including Dr No, Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball it was refreshing to see the organisation back as Bond’s most prominent enemy since the appearance in 1971 (Diamonds Are Forever.)

The event raised a lot of money for the hospital charity over a good night for the guests at Harbour Lights.

If you would like to donate money or help fundraise ongoing projects at the hospital you can by calling the offices at 02381208881 or by email at charity@uhs.nhs.uk. You can find out more information about the projects at their website www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org.

The guests enjoyed champagne.
The guests enjoyed champagne.
Canapes for the guests were laid out.
Canapes for the guests were laid out.