ORGANISERS of a charity’s inaugural black-tie dinner were “bowled over” by attendees’ generosity after the event generated more than £12,000.

Andover Twenty1, a charity dedicated to providing help and support to children with Down’s syndrome, staged a black-tie dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel, in Stockbridge, last Friday.

The event was attended by 90 patrons who helped raised £12,750 on the night, which will support children with Down’s syndrome from Andover, Salisbury, Newbury, Winchester and the surrounding villages.

Guests were welcomed to the event by the sound of swing music.

They also had the chance to have a flutter on the ‘Tree of Wishes’, with a £10 ticket buying anything from a booby prize to a £50 restaurant voucher, a necklace or beauty treatment. All prizes were donated by local businesses.

A three-course feast was then served before the reveal of a multi-layered rainbow cake, mirroring the Andover Twenty1 logo and designed by Hampshire artist Jennie Maizels.

Following dinner, guests took part in an auction featuring 16 lots donated by individuals and businesses.

Chairperson of Andover Twenty1, Anna Fauvelle, said: “

“We were bowled over the generosity of our sponsors and guests who helped us raise an incredible £12,750 which will be used to provide invaluable educational services to local children with Down’s syndrome.”