A first class event for a first class charity

Blind Veterans UK is the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. Since 1915, they have provided the free services and lifelong support that veterans need to rediscover life after sight loss.

When Hilary Fox, Member Services Manager for Blind Veterans UK was seeking a venue for a high profile trustees’ away day, she immediately thought of the Admiral’s House at the Old Royal Naval College, with its elegant, light-filled, wood panelled rooms and fine views of the river.

“I had looked at the Admiral’s House several years before when I was shown around the site. It met our meeting criteria of being a special venue with easy transport links,” says Hilary.

For corporate events, good transport from outside and within the London area are vital, so the many and varied transport links to and from Greenwich are a big plus for clients like Hilary and their delegates.

The choice of rooms within the Admiral’s House is another important asset.  On this occasion around 20 delegates enjoyed tasty bacon rolls on arrival in the Upper Lobby, a perfect space for informal mingling. Their meetings took place in the Hawksmoor Room and a working lunch was served in the Wren Room, with a selection of freshly filled focaccia bread sandwiches, tomato, shallot and basil salad, sea salted crisps and seasonal sliced fruit platter, followed by a cheese board with local British cheeses served with celery, grapes, chutney and crackers.

“We needed a good quality menu and I knew I could trust Ampersand to deliver as I have used them before.  It was a great weight off my mind that I could trust the quality of the catering as my event was a high profile meeting and I could not leave anything to chance,” says Hilary.

As part of their package, the Blind Veterans UK trustees also enjoyed two 30-minute tours of the historic World Heritage site and were delighted to hear that a contribution from every corporate event is made towards its upkeep and conservation.

After a successful event, Hilary said:  “I am an event manager delivering over 40 events per year including, in 2015, a Blind Veterans UK Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.  I needed to deliver an important first class event without any concerns about the quality of the venue, catering or staff so I chose the Admiral’s House for the venue and Ampersand for the catering and the whole day could not have gone any better.”