Gracewell of Weymouth rolled out the red-carpet for a James Bond themed evening, to raise money for the Dorchester Hospital Chemotherapy Appeal, with a guest appearance from a Daniel Craig lookalike.
The event was created to support Dorchester Hospital’s ongoing campaign to upgrade the hospital's existing Chemotherapy Unit and the evening raised over £500 for the appeal. The idea for the themed came from resident Maurice Cockerell, an avid James Bond fan, who suggested the idea to the Gracewell activities team.
The evening itself included a red-carpet champagne reception for residents and their families, along with canapés and cocktails (shaken not stirred). The main entertainment was an appearance from James Bond himself, in the form of a Daniel Craig lookalike from London who has worked on Skyfall and the latest Bond film in production. He posed for residents on the red carpet and toured the rest of the home to meet those who couldn’t make it to the event. The evening was a huge success with resident’s particularly enjoying the lookalike and decoration.
Maurice Cockerell the Gracewell of Weymouth resident who came up with the idea, said:
“They have done an incredible job – I can’t fault it. Esther and the team thought of everything – even the ceiling was decorated!
“Walking on to a red carpet to meet James Bond – it was just wonderful! I’d like to thank Esther and all her team at Gracewell, they are truly amazing.”
Kitz Clifford, Fundraising Officer for Dorset County Hospital Charity, said:
“Thank you to you and everyone at Gracewell of Weymouth for the hard work that went into making the night such a huge success.
“It was a brilliant way to raise money for our Chemotherapy Appeal. We are extremely grateful to everyone that came along on the night and supported the fantastic evening.”
Esther Sheppard, Home Admissions Advisor for Gracewell of Weymouth, said:
“We are always looking at how we can be creative in the events we put on and it’s great when residents come to us with ideas we can run with.
“The evening was a huge amount of fun – it’s not often the world’s most famous spy comes to visit – and we were pleased to raise a lot of money for a worthy local cause.”