Our summer BBQ fundraiser on 26th June proved a huge hit, with nearly 130 guests in attendance and over £25,000 to support our work with homeless young people.

The event was held at the Rotunda restaurant in King’s Cross, where the sunny canalside terrace was decked out with NHYC banners, screens, barbecue grills and of course the all-important cocktail bar!

Serenaded by our music youth worker Pascal, who played arrangements of well-known pieces on the Chapman Stick (an instrument which many said they had never seen before), attendees flocked to our raffle in a bid to win of dozens of prizes including festival tickets, hi-fi equipment and restaurant vouchers.

After enjoying Rotunda's delicious food and drinks the guests moved indoors for an auction charismatically hosted by one of the event organisers, Martin Dibben. Prizes included holidays, shopping vouchers, meals and Arsenal tickets with individual bids exceeding £2000. A last-minute surprise auction was held for one of our Patron Jon Snow’s ties, which had been seen only hours earlier on the Channel 4 news!

At the conclusion of the auction one of the many homeless young people that we support, Toomas K, took to the stage with his guitar to sing a set of both cover songs and his own original pieces (one of which he'd composed while waiting to play!). Toomas' heartfelt performance was a reminder of why New Horizon Youth Centre is so important, making sure the skills and potential of talented young people don't go to waste.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, and to say an extra special thank you to all who donated prizes and our organising committee: Martin Dibben, Vivienne Jenkins and Katherine Dandy. 

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