The UK Platform Awards (UKPA) last week raised over £14,000 for the Help for Heroes charity, which cares for injured army personnel from the conflict in Afghanistan.
Guests at the awards, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, contributed a staggering £4,700 to charity, including a pledge from one platform CEO of £500.
With promises to match the guests' contributions by the organisers and by Aberdeen Asset Management, a total of £14,100 will be handed to Robin Hollington, the father of Richard Hollington, the 300th soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Robin could cot be at the dinner in London but Clive Waller, MD of UKPA, read a note from him which closed with the words: "They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes."
Waller said afterwards. "This is an incredible amount. This generates how generous people in the financial services industry truly are
The event was hosted by BBC newsreader and journalist Kate Silverton, who showed a short video of her visit to the troops there; this no doubt contributed to the level of donations.
Ms Silverton is to be married in December to a former Royal Marine, and has spent time in Afghanistan reporting on the soldiers.
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