PARTY NUMBER ONE
by Jez Bond
Hosted by our fabulous Ambassador, Sean Mathias, a dozen industry professionals gathered on site for a glass of wine and a tour this evening. The afternoon had been spent preparing the top floor of the site, clearing, tidying, setting up tables and sofas, softening the lighting, applying some fragrances, candles and arty touches all of which combined turned building site reek into building site chic.
And so at 6.30pm on the rooftop of a former Finsbury Park office block gathered some of the finest performers, directors and producers including Sir Ian McKellen, Rupert Everett, Mathew Kelly and David Parfitt. Sean gave a marvellous speech after which I delivered a talk and tour of the site - add to this some glasses of wine, some homemade Park popcorn (courtesy of Director of Development, Annabel Topham) and you have the recipe for a great night. Indeed it was - and with pledges of support and donations this was a terrific kickstart to our series of small fundraising parties...