A charity dinner and auction in aid of Armed Forces personnel affected by military service has been hailed an “incredible success” by organisers at Turn To Starboard…

Turn to Starboard held its annual fundraising event for the first time at The Drapers’ Hall in central London. The prestigious black-tie event raised £60,000 towards the charity’s work supporting injured veterans using the therapeutic effects of sailing from its base at Falmouth in Cornwall.

More than 200 guests from the military and marine industry enjoyed a 3-course dinner and entertainment in the historic hall, before bidding on an exciting array of auction lots donated by companies and individuals from across the UK. Prizes included a private aerobatic display that sold for £7,000, a VIP day with the Red Arrows for £3,000, sailing holidays, helicopter flights and autographed memorabilia.

Guest speaker and Olympic rowing champion, James Cracknell OBE, spoke in front of the audience with former RAF Air Commodore Richard Mason OBE about mental health in the military and heard about the “empathy, positivity and life-saving support” Richard had received while sailing with the charity.

Classically trained soprano, Kirsten Mulcahy from Falmouth, later serenaded guests with songs including Wherever You Are by royal wedding composer Paul Mealor, originally written for the Military Wives Choir and featured in the BBC2 series, The Choir.

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