On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Barclays LGBT employee network sponsored a magnificent fundraising dinner for the benefit of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation UK Charity at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel in London.
Creating a jovial and relaxed atmosphere, guests were treated to a reception and music by a jazz trio from the Royal College of Music. The evening was steered smoothly by Simon Thomas, Sky Sports presenter.
Paul Chapman (Barclays Managing Director and Spectrum’s Executive Sponsor) delivered a heart-wrenching yet inspirational introduction, followed by Ben Cohen, MBE (England Rugby World Cup champion) who spoke talking about what motivated him to become a world class rugby player and why he retired from the sport in 2011 to founded the StandUp Foundation.
After dinner, featured guests, Freddie Flintoff, MBE (former England International Cricketer, member of two Ashes winning teams) and Jonathan Edwards, CBE (former Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World Triple Jump champion), joined Ben Cohen on stage for an interactive panel discussion on sportsmanship and what makes a true sportsman.
Charity Auctioneer Alex Barber facilitated competitive bidding on prizes such as a coaching session with Ben for their local rugby team or school, to a four ball with Freddie and Ben at Wentworth, to a 7-day holiday in Mauritius!
The success of the event was dependent on so many people, enabling the event to raise significant funds to help the StandUp Foundation deliver its message and support anti-bullying organizations in the UK.