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Donisthorpe Hall Barbecue A Sizzling Success

Some 170 guests were introduced to Donisthorpe Hall’s new Trudi Moss Functions suite when they attended this year’s Donisthorpe Hall’s annual barbecue dinner and cabaret.

Donisthorpe Chaiman of Trustees Andrew Brown (second from left) with Wife Marcia and guests Thomas and Edna Murray
Donisthorpe Chairman of Trustees Andrew Brown (second from left) with wife Marcia and guests Thomas and Edna Murray

The event, which made a scorching £12,500, was compared by comedian Howard Lee and introduced French baritone David Serero, making his debut in Leeds, who sang a selection of Broadway hits.

Openers for the event were Sheila and Saul Erner. Mr Erner, a keen Donisthorpe supporter, told guests he had a unique relationship with the home.

“Volunteers Regina Waldman and Trudi Moss looked after my sister Eva, firstly when she arrived as a regular visitor and, in the last years of her life, as a resident. “The love, care and kindness you gave to her was something my family will never forget.”

Since his arrival at Donisthorpe Hall recently appointed CEO Andrew Thornton described the care he has seen given to residents as “truly humbling”.

He also learnt the meaning of the word community and was impressed with its closeness. “It is this spirit of belongingness and compassion that makes Donisthorpe so special.”

Guests of honour were Hilary and Peter Curwen and Robert J Serr who flew in from the US to attend.

Donisthorpe Hall Regina's BBQ Fundraising
Broadway Baritone David Serero performing for the BBQ guests

by John Fisher