Brighton Medieval Banquet raises thousands

Sussex solicitors Mayo Wynne Baxter took a medieval approach to fundraising, by organising The Brighton Medieval Banquet in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

The Grand Hotel in Brighton was transformed into a castle banqueting hall for the night on Saturday 25 March. Guests were sat at long banqueting tables complete with plentiful food and drink served from medieval themed tableware, in front of a celebrity King and Queen on the throne, and treated to a variety of medieval entertainment.

The Knights of Herstmonceux greeted guests and offered tankards of ale and goblets of wine at the evening’s drinks reception, which led to the arrival of the celebrity King – children’s TV presenter Sid Sloane – asking guests to “taketh thy seats”, whilst medieval-themed band Portcullis performed and a magician made his way around the room.

Guests were then asked to all rise for ‘King Sid’ as he introduced the running of the night’s entertainment and fundraising activities, including a medieval game of ‘heads and tails’, salt and pepper tributes plus a charity auction and raffle, raising almost £25,000 for Rockinghorse.

Whilst starters were being served the first surprise of the night took place when there was an attempt on the King. Sword fighting with men in armour ensued and the King was saved. This was then followed by a game of heads and tails, with a medieval play taking place as guests enjoyed their main courses. The second surprise of the night came from a medieval duel involving King Sid and Mayo Wynne Baxter’s Chairman Dean Orgill, who had been secretly trained in the use of swords and shields by Riddle of Steel’s, Mark Gilbert.

James Ross Jewellers were on hand to present a £500 voucher for the best dressed couple, which was won by Geoff and Michelle Rauf who had handmade their intricate costumes. This was then followed by a charity raffle and auction, consisting of prizes donated by a host of local businesses and a special lot by best-selling author Peter James who donated the chance to be a character in a future Roy Grace novel.

As the dessert and mead were served, the rest of the night’s events included a speech by Rockinghorse Chief Executive, Ryan Heal who spoke about our 50th anniversary appeal. The evening ended with a great performance from local band Empire and guests danced into the early-hours medieval style.

Jason Edge, Marketing Director of Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “Putting on an event like this has been a real challenge as it hadn’t been done before, and we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support from my team, The Grand Hotel in Brighton, our sponsors, prize donors and the wonderful guests who really embraced the theme.”

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, added: “What an event! Thank you to our Charity of the Year partners Mayo Wynne Baxter for organising such a memorable evening. It was fantastic to see The Grand Hotel in Brighton transformed in to a Medieval banquet hall with guests dressed as kings, queens, princesses and knights. The banquet was a huge success, raising almost £25,000 for our Sussex Giving for Sussex Children 50th anniversary appeal. We are extremely grateful to Jason Edge and the team at Mayo Wynne Baxter for their incredible support.”

The night was a huge success with local businesses sponsoring the event and donating great prizes, as well as attending the event dressed in full medieval costume. With it being one the most unique charity events of the year, there’s no doubt there will be demand for a Brighton Medieval Banquet in 2018. Watch this space!

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