Take a gamble on glitzy charity bash in aid of Alzheimer’s charity


A gastropub in Tring will exude a touch of James Bond’s casino class thanks to a charity fundraiser evening.

The Casino Royale night at The Akeman in Tring on Wednesday, March 11 will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and there are some very desirable prizes up for grabs on the charity auction.

These include tickets to see The Beach Boys at the Royal Albert Hall, two tickets to see Paloma Faith at the 02, £300 worth of treatments, cuts or colours at Steve Lupton Hair in Berkhamsted, tailoring to the value of £300 at William Youngs in Berkhamsted, an £150 voucher to spend at Confetti Bridal Wear in Tring, and more prizes from White Mint, Kuoni, Dar Papillon, Rare Radish, Vanessa Champion Photography, Berkhamsted’s Shoot Me Studios and a signed album from Jack Savoretti.

The evening’s entertainment will include a thunderball roulette raffle plus a nod to the 80s with a just-for-fun game of Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right – complete with glamorous hostess.

There will also be some mysterious street magic going on after 9.30 thanks to a visit from Sylar the magician.

A ticket for a three-course meal and a glass of prosecco costs £25, and the £10 tickets will include a glass of fizz and a basket of chips.

Event organiser Meredith Hepner Chapman lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s when she was just 13, so the charity is one that is close to her heart.

She said: “She passed away in 1992 and it was just horrendous. She was a proud, beautiful and elegant woman but she became a shadow of her former self.

“The society says the person gets rubbed out, it’s like they’re slowly being erased, but the main problem in finding a cure is a lack of dementia researchers.

“They desperately need a larger pool of scientists in this field. The tools are there, the answers are there – they just need people.

“Money raised will also go towards graduate schemes and recruitment drives to ensure the best scientists are working on a cure which is within our grasp.

“But the Alzheimer’s Society is not exclusive to Alzheimer’s – in fact there are over 100 different types of dementia that can and will benefit from this funding.

“The donations for the auction and raffle have absolutely knocked us for six. People’s generosity has been amazing and we have been so touched by many people coming forward to share how they have been affected by this disease and how much it matters to raise the funds for research and care.”

To buy tickets, call The Akeman now on 01442 826027. The evening starts at 7pm.