The Golden Thread Ball, hosted by Triathlon Trust ambassador and Rio Paralympic silver medallist Lauren Steadman, raised over £11,000 for two children's charities - the Triathlon Trust and Starlight Children's Foundation.
Hosted and organised by Lauren Steadman and her friend Natalie Shapanis, the Golden Thread Ball brought the triathlon community together to celebrate the end of the triathlon season and raise money for the Triathlon Trust and Starlight Children's Foundation, who provide life-changing experiences for terminally ill children.
150 people attended the ball including special guests Louise Minchin, BBC Breakfast presenter and GB Age-Group triathlete and Fiona Thornewill MBE, polar explorer and record holder.
Attendess also included stars Lucy Charles, second at the 2017 IRONMAN world championships and Reece Barclay, professional triathlete, Dallas Campbell, Bang Goes the Theory presenter and author of Ad Astra, and Perri Shakes-Drayton, Olympic track and field athlete.
At the 1930’s art deco Banking Hall in the square mile of Central London, guests enjoyed a drinks reception and three-course meal, were dazzled by a latin dance show, then danced the night away to a live singer and DJ. A live auction on the night was a huge success with one lucky bidder winning themselves a luxury trip to the island of Nevis and entry into the Nevis triathlon, whilst a silent auction gave attendees the opportunity to go home with unique money-can't-buy prizes including a Principia mission patch that has been into space, kindly donated by British astronaut Major Tim Peake.
A special thank you to Sponge Marketing, Leigh Day, JLL, Huub Design, Accenture, Areté, One Performance UK and ASOS for supporting the event. Our thanks also go to GB triathletes Jess Learmouth and Tom Bishop who couldn't join us on the evening but kindly donated signed kit to the auction.
£11,800 raised on the night will go directly to the Triathlon Trust and Starlight Children's Foundation. The Triathlon Trust recently celebrated reaching our 100,000th Active Days milestone and the money raised at the Golden Thread Ball will help us reach even more children through the sport of triathlon, inspiring them to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Lauren and Natalie said, "Lauren and I have not stopped smiling knowing that our hard work to bring the ball to life has made such a difference, but we can not take the credit from the true stars... all of our attendees! We wouldn't have had the ball without you! With a very humble thank you"
More photos from the night can been seen at: http://www.quirkystu.com/golden-thread-ball-2017