Black-tie dinner for Samaritans


Banbury and District Samaritans hosted a black-tie dinner at Bo Peep Farm on November 22 to mark its 40th year serving the community.

Attended by 260 guests, it was a glittering evening, raising more than £21,000.

The lively and well supported auction was conducted by David Palmer of Flog it, Bargain Hunt, Cash in the Attic and other programmes.

Lots included everything from a case of House of Commons whiskey, driving experiences at Silverstone, a Spanish villa holiday and a signed cricket bat to a bronze turkey and champagne dinner. A football shirt signed by Steve Gerrard was snapped up at £1,000!

The ballroom was hushed as Martin, a very brave speaker, talked about his experience of depression leading to strong suicidal feelings and the support that Samaritans gave him while he battled his way back to health.

The night was rounded off by dancing to The Meenies.