Breaking News: Jennie Bond Big Hit at Charity Dinner

20 December 2017 | Hospitality & Catering


Broadcaster and journalist, Jennie Bond, delighted audiences with a wickedly funny and fascinating interview at City College Plymouth’s Charity Christmas Dinner.

Held in the College’s PL1 Restaurant, guests were treated to a three-course meal prepared by hospitality and catering students, followed by the opportunity to hear Jennie’s story. Interviewed by David Fitzgerald, she shared her experiences of life as the BBC’s Royal Correspondent.

At the heart of events that made headlines around the world, Jennie touched on the 14 most turbulent years the monarchy has endured, from fairy-tale marriages and adultery, to scandalous divorces and tragic deaths.

With raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses ranging from hotel stays, golf games, chocolate hampers and pampering sessions, the evening raised an impressive £840. The proceeds have been split between the College’s nominated charity for 2017/18, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Jennie Bond’s chosen charity, Devon Air Ambulance.

“We were delighted to welcome Jennie,” said Pauline Hands, City College’s Director of Marketing, Business Engagement and Enterprise. “Her career and insights into the Royal Family are truly one-of-a-kind. It was very interesting to hear from someone who has been ‘behind the scenes’ and at the frontline when the headlines hit.

“The support from our guests was phenomenal and I can’t thank enough the organisations who donated such fantastic prizes to the raffle. Our annual Charity Christmas Dinner is always a lovely occasion to catch up with friends and business colleagues, while raising money for great causes. It was a truly festive evening with delicious food and great company.”

The College’s next event is the business dining club, Talking Business, with a twist. On Thursday 25 January the event will take place at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel rather than the traditional setting of the College’s PL1 Restaurant.

Part of the ‘PL1 @ The Duke takeover’ and hosted by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald, the event costs £17.50 per person, including a two-course meal with wine. To book a place please visit: or call 01752 305026.

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