On Saturday the 12th of May 2013, Rebecca Hornby, a local resident of Whitstable, partner to Matt a lifeboat-man and friend of us here at Glampervan HQ organised a fundraiser dinner for 50 guests at our local sea cadet hall.
The idea for the dinner came around after Rebecca and friend Margo Selby, took part in the local supper club, where locals come together to sample some of our finest local budding chef’s favourite dishes. “The Supper club was such a success and I so enjoyed organising the meal that I decided I could do it on a larger scale and for a good cause.” says Rebecca.
The Whitstable Lifeboat has its 50 year anniversary this year and is fundraising locally for banners to display at the local lifeboat station explaining to visitors what they do. Rebecca thought she could contribute to the fundraising and create a fun evening for some of Whitstable’s local residents.
The evening started in local pub, The Smack with sea shanty men serenading guests over drinks and canapés of devils on horseback, herb crusted mussels and many other tasty morsels… at 7:30 sharp, and announced by a sea cadet bugle player guests made their way across the road to the sea cadet hall, which had been decorated with fairy lights, and tables dressed with local pebbles, shell and tealights and greeted with a glass of bubbly kindly donated by our local Budgens.
Guests were treated to a menu of retro prawn cocktail, served in vintage tea cups (supplied by Anna’s Vintage Crockery & Linen), a hearty steak and Ale pie, (with all meat donated from local butcher Jim’s) and topped off with cracked sea salt chocolate brownie and crème fraiche.
The fantastic food was solely prepared by budding chef and event’s organiser Rebecca and followed up with a raffle full of great prizes, from Margo Selby cushions, 2 tickets to our local supper club, Vouchers for various local traders and of course we couldn’t help ourselves but donate a £100 voucher for a Glampervan trip!
Things got really exciting when the raffle tickets started to be drawn, with one local couple only wanting Margo’s gorgeous cushions (and to actually go on and win them, we’ve never seen anyone so excited!) and we were lucky to win a voucher for local deli Waltshaws, who’s sausage rolls are unbeatable! We were very pleased when our Glamping vouchers were the first prize to be won and we hear Johnny & Anna Fewings are already planning their trip in a Glampervan to Dungeness!
The best bit about the evening and the reason for all the festivities of course, was that through Rebecca’s efforts and with the support of lots of local businesses, we were able to raise over £1000 for the Lifeboat here in Whitstable, that helps in over 50 incident a year, from swimmers in distress to major incidents with dinghy’s, fishing boats or yachts in serious trouble.
The lifeboat is an important part of our community in Whitstable and we are proud to have supported them this year!