The beneficiary of the lunch is ABF, the soldier’s charity. The first nine lunches have raised a total of £1.65m and the Lord Mayor has set us an ambitious target of raising £450,000 in 2017 to help ensure that over the ten years since its first event a total of £2m will have been raised.
The launch party was held at the City of London Club and was very well attended by livery company Master’s and their Clerks. Although the Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Peter Estlin were present, the Lord Mayor was on an extended overseas trip to Qatar where he is promoting the City of London. By the wonders of modern technology, he was able to speak to us all with his smiling face beamed onto a large screen!
The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators are strong supporters of this event and as well as attending the lunch, the Company has traditionally used its collection from a formal lunch to make a financial contribution to this charity that does so much to support army personnel in their hours of need.
Photograph shows the Lord Mayor “on screen” addressing us all.