Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust reaches £1 million raised!!!

It’s been a busy week for the Trust as not only did they present Bus No.005 to Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) they also held their annual Fundraising Ball at the Savoy Hotel, London on the 21st March.

IMG_1770NASSA  said “In the tenth anniversary year of its first informal basketball session in an east London park, Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has received its first minibus, from former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise on behalf of the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust.

The 17-seater vehicle will be used to transport NASSA’s seven age group teams to away Basketball England National League fixtures. It will also be used to help support disabled young people who attend NASSA’s inclusive wheelchair basketball sessions.

With many of NASSA’s 100 club members in attendance, as well as NASSA founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart and Head Coach Chris Facey, the presentation of the minibus was made at the University of East London’s Sports Dock building.

The ribbon was cut by a special invitee to the event, the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Alexander Yakovenko.

Natasha Hart added: “We cannot say thank you enough to Dennis, Steve and everyone at the Frankham Group Charitable Trust. This minibus will make a huge difference to NASSA and to all of the players’ parents who have spent so much money over the years helping us take the teams to games.

“It is a really special feeling that they thought of us as worthy of receiving one of their minibuses and we will always have a smile on our faces when we see their name on it.”IMG_1979

NASSA is an established sports charity offering a variety of sports across East London. Its 538 Basketball England-registered members speak 151 different languages and dialects between them.

Its school basketball sessions, which include mentoring talks from NASSA coaches about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture, reach over 2,000 schoolchildren across London every week.

NASSA is also the current overall Charity of the Year.

 

 

London, March 21st, 2015 – On the 15th year of the Trust being formed, it was a big night at this years ‘Million Pound Masquerade Ball’ held at the Savoy Hotel with the target set to reach the huge milestone of £1m raised.   With Jonny Gould comparing the night and former Drifters front liner, Ray Lewis, headlining the evening’s entertainment along with the Tropicalia Show production it was a fun packed evening for all.

FRDW-16Guests were treated at the reception with a special performance by the Parkwood Hall Steel Band, a school that has been supported by the Charity over the years.  Dennis Wise and Steve Frankham gave an inspiring speech along with presenting the Star Awards to Derek Rowan & Kevin Carr of The Nursing 2000 Group for their long term support of the Trust.   A big event for the evening was also the free car giveaway as a thank you for everyone’s support over the last 15yrs and Lara Campfield was the lucky winner on the night going home with a brand new Citroën C1 car.

Following the auction and silent auction results, Steve and Dennis gladly announced that the £1m target had been smashed with the funds raised now standing at around £1,030,000 and the evening ended in full swing with DJ’s Speedy and SammyR spinning the decks.FRDW-12

SelfieThe Trustees of the Trust thank everyone for supporting this milestone event and look forward to the next one.

A date for your diaries:  The next Annual Fundraising Lunch in Bromley will be held on the Friday 6th November 2015, please contact Becky.bosman@frankham.com for further details.