Elcock Associates Chartered Surveyor’s and Architectural Designers based in Christchurch held their second annual fundraising event for friends, clients and staff at the Captains Club Hotel Christchurch this weekend to a capacity venue.
The evening started with a welcome introduction from Adam Elcock MD of Elcock Associates and then his wife Claire spoke about the two chosen charities and why they are of importance to the family.
“Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity very close to my heart, as some of you know my 1st husband Leigh was a navigator on the Nimrod that sadly crashed in Afghanistan in 2006 killing all 14 servicemen onboard. Not only did it leave 14 women without their partners/husbands but 18 children which included my 3 year old and 5 month old without their daddies. It was the biggest military loss since The Falklands. At the time I had a lot of support from the other widows, the military and my friends and family however at the time there was nothing in place for the children.”
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was born as a lady called Nikki lost her husband in combat and was left with two small children and struggling to cope. She set the charity up aimed at supporting those children who have lost a parent within the armed forces. The charity aims to support younger children deal with loss and teach them how to smile again and provides support to the older children in the form of Driving Lessons etc.
Adam commented on the night “ These charities are very close to mine and my wifes hearts, I have known her since we were 17 and we grew up together, she married Leigh who was my friend and in a strange twist we reconnected several years after his death and ended up together. We have a child together and I have adopted her and Leighs two children, I have a child from a previous relationship so we have four in total. Giving something back to these two fantastic charities is important to us and we are delighted with the night itself.”
The event boasted two Guest Speakers Ben Collins, better known as The Former Stig from BBC’s internationally acclaimed Top Gear TV Show. Ben coached hundreds of celebrities from Tom Cruise to Lionel Ritchie around the race-track, organised high voltage car chases and tested hundreds of priceless cars to the brink. Ben holds many credits: As a Championship Winning Le Mans Race car Driver, Bestselling Author, TV Presenter, World Record Breaker and Hollywood Stunt Driver.
After giving his presentation Ben added “Tonight is a great opportunity for people to show their appreciation for the brave and the few that have served their country as well as to support the families of fallen heroes.” Ben donated part f his fee to the charities.
Other Guest Robin Horsfall who shot and killed the terrorist commander inside the Iranian Embassy when the SAS stormed the building. Robin said on the night that the event was fabulous well organised and with lovely guests. He served with the SAS during the Falklands war and on subsequent counter-terrorist operations.
As the Stig, Ben Collins was the benchmark of speed against which all other drivers set themselves, and the man that everyone from Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to Jenson Button tried and failed to beat. He has raced successfully in almost every class imaginable, from Formula 3 and Le Mans 24 Hour competition to American Stock Car Racing. Jackie Stewart watching a young Ben winning a Formula 3 race, was blown away, “When you see the likes of Ben Collins in Formula One, remember you saw them here first.” It was, however, the moment Ben disguised himself in white suit and helmet, that he became instantly recognisable.
The event raised over £8000 with a fun mini auction of Stig cut outs and books from the celebs themselves.
Charlotte Tatham Senior Surveyor at Elcock Associates said “ I am delighted to be involved in this event and to raise much needed funds for these two amazing charities, and also raise a glass to Elcock’s success throughout the year with friends and clients.”
All in all the crowd loved the speakers, there was a great atmosphere and lots of money was raised.