South East Regional Lunch 2014-Ladies Circle
Saturday 15th of March I was booked to photograph a fundraising event-South East Regional Lunch organized by Ladies Circle at Strand Palace Hotel in London. It was a great event with over 100 attendees, lots of great networking and of course, photography opportunities.
Ladies Circle is a modern club for women, with hundreds of members aged 18 to 45 across Great Britain and Ireland. They offer the opportunity for young women to connect with each other, have a great time and give something back to the community.
The first group, Bournemouth No. 1 Circle, first met in 1932 as a social group for the wives of Round Tablers. Now entirely modernised, the club is still going strong and stands as a testament to how Ladies Circle has moved with the times.
In 1947 Ladies Circle went international, with Great Britain & Ireland helping to set up Circles in Denmark and Sweden. This led to the founding of the Ladies Circle International organisation in 1958 to bring together Circlers from across the globe.
Later that year, to celebrate 21 years of Ladies Circle, the national executive decided to adopt Imperial Cancer Research as the Ladies Circle national charity. The first donation was £6,607, and they continued to support the charity as their national cause up until 2013 - which itself has modernised and is now known as Cancer Research UK – raising hundreds of thousands of pounds. Clubs now focus on raising funds for their own local causes.
Sharing the same values, SERL 2014 was focused towards raising money for charity puposes by grouping together different merchants, members of the Circle, having their hand made goods on sale.
The entire event was carefully planned up to the last detail by Louise Canham ensuring a positive and relaxed athmosphere.
People started arriving as the merchats and event organizers finished the preparation works and were just dealing with the final touches. Everything was set.
There was a surprise entertainment event to which everyone was invited to participate. The host, Caroline Redman Lusher and a few Rock Choir members, gave the girls a chance to take the stage for a karaoke session.
Towards the end, after spending a great time together, everyone contributed to raising a good amount of money for charity purposes.
For us, this was an unique opportunity and we would like to thank the organizers and all Ladies Circle member at the event.