On Saturday 23rd March, we held a wonderful Gala Dinner at the Crown Hotel in Blandford Forum. The special fundraising event was in celebration of our 24th Anniversary and was attended by 100 guests.

Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters and LFS, those who attended were greeted and treated to the beautiful sound of Tamsyn Berry and Graham Maunder who played as they arrived. Tamsyn suffered serious life-changing injuries after a road traffic incident back in 2020. She was treated by our team and has since made remarkable progress in her recovery. Read Tamsyn's story >

The venue looked incredible, as did the guests, who ate, laughed (and cried at times) and danced the night away to music provided by the brilliant Haus Band.

A fantastic night of fundraising started with a raffle which had an incredible array of prizes. Then came the auction; William Batt (Duke’s Auctioneer) took this under his control and a dramatic bidding display took place for some of the extra special gifts that had been donated to our cause.

The evening was a fabulous success and raised a total of £20,000.

DSAA’s Fundraising Manager, Emma Jones, was delighted with how it went and said:

What a beautiful evening we had. My team worked so hard to make it special for those who attended and it really was. I want to thank everyone who made the event happen for us, including our event sponsors Leonardo Helicopters and LFS, the many businesses who show their ongoing support regularly and attended the night, of course the wonderful Tamsyn Berry who has inspired us all with her amazing determination and recovery, all those who donated raffle and auction prizes and everyone who played their part, be it small or large, in helping us to raise such a fantastic amount. We are now looking ahead to next year; our very special 25th Anniversary and our plans are bigger and better. We can’t wait to share them with you all.