A Fabulous Fund-raising Evening

Serve On’s absolutely fabulous ambassador Joanna Lumley will be hosting an exclusive fund-raising dinner for the charity in London on Thursday (March 8th).

 Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley hosting the recent BAFTA awards.

Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley hosting the recent BAFTA awards.

Fresh from her acclaimed hosting of the recent BAFTA awards ceremony, Joanna will welcome an audience of industry leaders to the Cavalry and Guards Club to tell them about the remarkable disaster response and community resilience work being done by Serve On, both home and abroad.

She will also tell them of the great opportunity the charity has to transform the lives of many more thousands of people through its volunteering programmes.

 Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley stars in rom-com Finding Your Feet with Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie and David Hayman

Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley stars in rom-com Finding Your Feet with Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie and David Hayman

National treasure Joanna, who stars in the current feel-good movie, Finding Your Feet, will be helping Serve On to take its own big step forward by encouraging business chiefs and wealthy individuals to help fund a full-time Chief Executive Officer.

With a growing band of talented and passionate volunteers, but only two members of staff, Serve On needs a full-time executive leader to help meet the increasing demand for its services.

 Serve On volunteers were in the thick of the action during the recent #snowmageddon, proving the importance of Community Resilience.

Serve On volunteers were in the thick of the action during the recent #snowmageddon, proving the importance of Community Resilience.

The growth of the charity is the reason Serve On launched its 5x5 Appeal in December 2016 in a bid to build five new Community Resilience Teams in five years, and have the resources for up to five deployments to major disaster events in the UK and internationally each year.

Joanna’s own enthusiastic support for our humanitarian goals is rooted in the disaster response and disaster risk reduction work we have done, and continue to do, in Nepal, a country close to her heart.

 Serve On Search And Rescue experts were among the first foreign volunteers on the ground after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

Serve On Search And Rescue experts were among the first foreign volunteers on the ground after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

She will tell invited guests how, less than 36 hours after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck just north-west of Kathmandu in 2015, Serve On’s small team of expert volunteers was on the ground doing their life-saving work while bigger teams were still struggling to access the country.

Joanna will also tell them of the brilliant work Serve On does in this country; of the plan to expand its network of community resilience teams; and how having a full-time CEO to provide financial leadership, oversee the recruitment of volunteers and coordinate the delivery of our work would guide the expansion of the charity.

 Serve On Search And Rescue technicians at work during SIMEX exercise in 2017.

Serve On Search And Rescue technicians at work during SIMEX exercise in 2017.

She will be joined at the fund-raising dinner by three of our dedicated members – former Royal Marine Pete Dunning, ex-Fire and Rescue officer Dan Cooke, and NHS leader and planner Pete Old – to give their first-hand accounts of the transformative work of Serve On.

It should be an absolutely fabulous evening.

Later this year much-loved actress Joanna will start her first ever live show with a 30-date nationwide tour entitled ‘It’s All About Me’, but for now she is proving again that for her and Serve On it’s all about helping other people.

 Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley starts a nationwide tour in October.

Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley starts a nationwide tour in October.