A great evening at the House of Lords

IT WAS wonderful to see a host of familiar faces as well as some new ones at Wooden Spoon’s annual House of Lords reception. We were overwhelmed by the support in the room as we welcomed one of our biggest turnouts to date. Some of those in attendance included Wooden Spoon ambassadors Phil Vickery MBE DL, Ollie Phillips, Aaron Phipps and John Taylor as well as some of our biggest corporate supporters and our regional chairmen.

House of Lords - Lord Hayward

Lord Hayward OBE with Nathan Earle (Saracens) and James Harding (Quilter Cheviot Investment Management)

Lord Hayward OBE who kindly hosted the evening spoke passionately about the impact Wooden Spoon has for many children and young people supported through the projects funded.

Wooden Spoon chairman of trustees John Gibson updated everyone on what has been another successful year for the charity, with just over £1m awarded to a total of 70 projects. Further information on our work can be seen in our Impact Report 2016-17 (below).

Understanding the impact of our work and seeking to maximise the impact of each pound given is very important to us, and we are very grateful for the help provided to us by Deloitte in this respect.

House of Lords 2017

Phil Vickery MBE DL (Wooden Spoon Lead Ambassador) with Peter Hull MBE (Solent Sharks) and Aaron Phipps (Wooden Spoon Rugby Ambassador)

Mike Barber from Deloitte summarised the work being done by Deloitte in helping to build an Impact Assessment tool. This applies current Business Intelligence concepts to us as a charity, and will help us better assess proposed new projects, and further enhance our reporting of the impact of our work. We are excited to be pushing the boundaries of impact assessment and reporting in this way.

As ever, we were blown away by the support in the room and the generosity that we continue to receive year on year from our supporters. Very special thanks must go to Rickety Bridge who donated the wine for the evening as well as to the Lord Hayward OBE who stood in at the last minute to host the evening and entertained those present with his rugby referee exploits.

All that is left to say is we hope to see everyone at the House of Lords next year and here’s to another great year for Wooden Spoon.

Do take a moment to read our latest Impact Report below and see for yourself how we are making a life-changing difference to many children and young people in the UK and Ireland. You can also download a copy of the Wooden Spoon Impact Report 2016-17.