Great Big Bursary Ball 2019


The money is still rolling in, but more than £58,000 has been raised so far at the incredibly successful Great Big Bursary Ball at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday night (November 30th), with all proceeds going directly to the LEH Bursary Fund.

The sell-out event was attended by 360 guests, who all ate and drank, laughed, chatted and danced the night away.  Before the main event guests were serenaded by the fantastically gifted Holles Singers. They sang a medley of carols in an invigoratingly chilly pitch-side reception, while guests sipped champagne and walked on the hallowed, floodlit turf of Twickenham, the home of rugby union.

The Tree of Promises – with a wonderful selection of gifts ranging from hampers to dance lessons and from spa sessions to restaurant vouchers, was a complete sell-out before guests had even taken their seats for dinner.

The silent auction had already attracted much interest and healthy bidding before the event, but over dinner, guests continued the fun, trying to outbid each other on an impressive array of lots, including exotic holidays, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and signed sporting memorabilia, on the iPads placed on every table.

Head mistress Heather Hanbury reminded guests why they were all there, as she explained that the Bursary Fund was a cause close to her heart.  She said that it had been her goal since taking up the role five years ago to grow the bursary, which allows LEH to offer the opportunity of an education to any bright pupil who wishes to attend, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Bursaries can prove transformational; they can open doors that many students did not dream possible. This year, the school is supporting 57 students, with 41 on 100% bursaries and it aims to double this number in 10 years. The demand for bursaries has never been higher, with a 50% increase in applications last year alone.

LEH alumna and former bursary recipient Georgia Galton Ayling gave an impassioned speech about the difference a bursary has made to her life. Georgia attended LEH from 2007 to 2013, before winning a place at Oxford University to read English Language and Literature.  She then joined a graduate programme called Teach First and now works as a teacher.

“I wanted to use my privilege to try to combat the huge inequality that exists in our education system. I feel incredibly strongly that a pupil’s academic success should not rely on their socioeconomic background.”

She said: “I can only thank LEH from the bottom of my heart for the education they provided me with. I also want to thank everyone who supports the bursary fund because you really are changing the lives of children in a way that they will never forget. Thank you on behalf of all of them.”

The celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson, from the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, took the floor by storm as he worked the room, conducting a feisty live auction with eight lots, ranging from a half day at the Olympic Velodrome with a GB Cycling Gold medallist, to dinner with the Hanburys.

The evening ended with band Chocolate Charlie, who got everyone up on their feet and dancing to a succession of foot-tapping, floor-filling pop, disco, funk and rock classics.  It was the perfect way to round off a wonderful evening for an incredibly worthwhile cause.


Great Big Bursary Ball Cover

Please click on the cover to view the Great Big Bursary Ball 2019 programme. 

Thank you to all the companies that generously supported the Ball

Please click on their logo below to find out more. 

Annie Deadman

Appleyard Flowers

Aziatics Florist


Barreworks logo

Belle & Mack


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brian kirkby Flowers

Camp Beaumont

Centara Hotels & Resorts

Chepstow Racing & Events

Cologne & Cotton

Craft and Crumb

Craft and Crumb logo

D&G Group

D&G Group Logo

David Lloyd Clubs

David Lloyd Logo

Deborah Cornes Bespoke Pet Portraits

doran vineyards

Dormy House Hotel & Spa

Dormy House Hotel & Spa logo

Dough-Lightful Creations


Exodus Travel

Feel Unique



Fratelli Delicatessen

Fulham Football Club

Fulham FC logo

Giggling Squid

Sarah Govett

G.P. Wafflart & Fils

Griffin Stevens Estate Agents

Guy Salmon Thames Ditton

Harper Collins Publishers

Harper Collins Logo

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

I'd Rather be eating Chocolate

Imagethirst Family Photography

Jolly Fine Pub Group

John Lewis and Waitrose

John Lewis Waitrose logo


Jumblebee logo

Karma Group Luxury Travel

Kelly's Dance Studio

Kellys Dance Studio logo

Kidz got talent

Kidzgottalent logo

Lisa Tolley

Luxury Travel Studio

McKay Williamson

Monica Vinader

Neuhaus Chocolates

New Victoria Hospital

Odeon Cinema


Odylique logo

Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas logo

One Hundred High Street

Paws for Coffee

Print Direct Solutions

Refresh Dental

Richmond Theatre

Richmond Theatre Logo

Richmond Theatre Creative Learning

Richmond Theatre Creative Learning logo

Rick Stein

Robsons Butchers

Royal China Club

Sajna Hair & Beauty


Schoolblazer logo

scott brownrigg architects

Scott Dunn Travel

Signs Express

Simon Whitehead Photography

skin fit clinic




Starbucks Logo

Star Print

STar print logo

Tatler Magazine

The Beech House

The Cake Box

The Cake Box logo

The Fallow Deer

The Little City Spa


The Roald Dahl Museum

The Rose Theatre

The Royal Automobile Club

The Sun Inn

The Trainers

The Week

The Week Junior

The Wych Elm

Thyme at the Park

Toni and Guy Teddington

Toni and Guy logo

Toucan Tech

Training Works


Twickenham Ales

victorian train carriage

western computer


Wyvern Partners

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