Mind Gala 2016

On Thursday 12th May 2016, famous faces and Mind supporters came together at Mind’s inaugural Gala Dinner, raising £59,000 to increase the mental health support offered to children and young people.

Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the glittering affair took place at Hotel Café Royal on London’s Regent Street to mark Mind’s 70th anniversary.

The evening started with a drinks reception, sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard, where guests were treated to a unique performance of Carnet de Voyage by duo Mimi Xu and Rose Chan, and a performance by classical pianist James Rhodes.

The evening continued with an exclusive ‘in conversation’ with James Rhodes hosted by award-winning documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and author, Tim Samuels. James spoke about his own mental health experiences detailed in his memoir, Instrumental, which was recently published. It is a brutally honest, moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015.

Dinner was followed by a lively auction with a fantastic selection of money-can’t buy-experiences and exclusive gift packages, led by Bonhams’ Caroline Oliphant. Lots included an original painting by artist Scarlett Raven, a Las Vegas holiday package and corporate hospitality tickets for the first day of the Open Championship 2016. 

Mind Gala 2016 Table Setting

Pianist James Rhodes at the Mind Gala 2016

Mind Gala 2016 Tables

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