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Falklands War Hero Inspires at Charity Dinner
A moving speech by Simon Weston CBE, infused with a large portion of humour, was the highlight of 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 Simon’s emotive story. Interviewed by friend and BBC journalist, David Fitzgerald, he shared his experiences of the Falklands War, its consequences and how it has impacted upon his life.
Talking about his highs and lows, Simon answered questions that only a friend as close as David could ask. He revealed some shocking truths about the conflict, why he met the pilot who bombed the Sir Galahad, and how he has become a happy father and grandfather.
With raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses ranging from hotel stays to fishing trips, and chocolate hampers to pampering sessions, the evening raised an impressive £1,800. The proceeds have been split between the College’s nominated charity for 2016/17, Plymouth and District MIND, and Simon Weston’s chosen charity, Care after Combat.
“We were delighted to welcome Simon,” said Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Enterprise at City College. “It was such a privilege to hear his incredible journey from the front line of war, to being on the edge of death, to the contented family man that he is today. I don’t think there was anyone in the room who was not moved by what he had to say.
“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 colleagues, while raising money for good causes. It was a truly wonderful evening with delicious food and great company.”
The College’s next event is business dining club, Talking Business @PL1, on 30 March 2017.