Bennett Griffin Support St Barnabas House ‘Building a Dream Appeal’

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The beautiful Eastlands Estate near Billingshurst was the venue for a vibrant networking event hosted by Bennett Griffin Solicitors ( The focus of the evening entitled: “Building bricks -Building relationships” was to highlight the St Barnabas house Building A Dream appeal. The Worthing-based hospice has the challenge of raising £3 million in the next 12 months to complete their project of building a new state-of-the-art hospice. The team at Bennett Griffin have been long-standing supporters and fundraisers for St Barnabas House, and are proud to be sponsoring the first stone to be laid in The Walk of Life – the pathway that will welcome patients and visitors to the new hospice.

After 30 minutes of animated networking, guests listened to Hugh Lowson, CEO of St Barnabas House. Hugh showed a poignant, inspiring film in which Desmond Lynam OBE explained the need for a new hospice and the bold but not impossible task facing the fundraising team. The final £3 million will enable the new hospice to be completed next year.

It was then the turn of Ian Macara, Partner at Bennett Griffin and Head of Business for private clients and Peter Bennett, Partner and Head of BG Commercial to inspire the audience. Both men spoke passionately about the client focused ethos of Bennett Griffin. It was also revealed by the compere, Dee Blick that one of Ian’s personal ambitions is to trek in the foothills of the Himalayas with his family, whilst Peter is planning to walk the length and breadth of France after completing his Open University studies in evolution.

Guests were then treated to a superb cookery demonstration by Dan Clark, Master Chef of Great Britain. Dan captivated the audience with his culinary skills. His risotto and the other scrumptious dishes he created were polished off in minutes.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was drawn to a close by Stephen Hollamby, Managing Partner at Bennett Griffin. Stephen thanked both the guests for attending and the organisers LWS Creative for their hard work. He also spoke eloquently of the need for local businesses like Bennett Griffin to continue giving back to their local communities and he reaffirmed Bennett Griffin’s commitment to continue with their fundraising activities for St Barnabas House.

All in all it was a perfect evening and each guest left in good spirits, knowing a little more about St Barnabas House and how they could become involved in the Building A Dream Appeal.