Princess Anne gala dinner at Falmouth's Maritime Museum
A gala dinner with Princess Anne as guest of honour raised more than £80,000 for the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.
The event celebrated the museum’s tenth birthday and launched a new campaign to raise £4 million over the next decade. The museum’s director announced an anonymous donor has already come forward who will donate up to £1 million.
Princess Anne praised the work of the museum and all it had achieved over its first ten years. Her Royal Highness wished the venture well for the future and encouraged others to support its ambitions to continue to inspire, entertain and inform
Jonathan Griffin, director of National Maritime Museum Cornwall said: “The campaign to raise £4 million over the next decade will allow us to look beyond today and build the future. We want to inspire and engage people with the stories of the sea, boats and Cornwall and we want to be a successful enterprise of which Falmouth, Cornwall and the maritime community can be very proud.
“We need funding to achieve this excellence and make a real contribution to people’s lives and with the successful gala night last week, we are cautiously optimistic that many existing loyal good friends and new friends to the museum will help us deliver our vision.”
More than 120 guests were invited to the fundraising event, called A Night at the Museum. Catering was provided by Rick Stein’s son, Jack and the team from the Seafood Restaurant with wine from St Austell Brewery.
The evening’s entertainment included an auction with prizes ranging from paintings by Kurt Jackson and Alexander Creswell that together raised nearly £6,000 to vintage port and a day’s sailing with Sid Howlett MBE.
Mr Griffin thanked all those who contributed to the evening and said: “We have also received an anonymous pledge from a couple who will match every pound we raise to the tune of £1 million. This really is a significant boost to our fundraising ambitions and the launch of our new £4m campaign simply couldn’t have gone any better.”