10th April 2015

Celebrity lunch supports hospice

Margaret Mountford, well known for her role in BBC’s The Apprentice, shared stories about her career and television appearances at a special lunch, raising over £6,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The event, supported by St Richard’s Hospice’s business patrons, also included a fundraising auction hosted by Phillip Serrell, local auctioneer and TV personality from shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

The event was fully booked, and 135 people enjoyed a lovely lunch provided by Worcestershire County Cricket Club, after which Mrs Mountford answered questions about her career, interests and The Apprentice.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We were incredibly lucky to secure such a high profile business icon to talk to us and Margaret was such a fantastic speaker. Guests asked Margaret many probing questions about her career and of course a few cheeky ones about her time as a judge on The Apprentice. We have received great feedback about the event and we are delighted that the day raised such a fantastic amount to help the hospice care for patients and their families.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us make the day such a huge success. In particular, we would like to thank Margaret for giving up her time, as well as Dave Bradley from BBC Hereford and Worcester for compering the question and answer session and Phillip Serrell for conducting the auction. We would also like to thank event sponsors HallmarkHulme and npower who matched the raffle with an additional donation of £1,000.”

Photo (photography kindly donated by FT Images): Rebecca Widdowson, Hallmark Hulme; Margaret Mountford; Tricia Cavell, St Richard’s Hospice; and Philip Serrell