Monday, October 22, 2012

Open 4 Business Dorset is raising funds for RNLI

This year, the Open 4 Business Dorset Awards Ceremony and Dinner is raising funds for the RNLI. The dinner will be held on Thursday 25th October 2012 at Weymouth College and is sponsored by Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants. Tickets are available from, priced £60. 

Open 4 Business Dorset has raised over £5000 for local charities over the past 3 years at the annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Charities that have benefitted include Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Dorset County Hospital Mammography Appeal in 2011. 

This year Open 4 Business Dorset has chosen the RNLI – Weymouth Lifeboat - as the charity who will benefit.

Julie Cleaver, Managing Director of Open 4 Business Dorset said: “The Steering Group selected the RNLI as a charity which affects most people living and working in Dorset. In 2012 we have had two tragic events which took place in local Dorset waters, the loss of the Purbeck Isle fishing vessel and the powerboat tragedy. Both events brought the outstanding work of the RNLI into public view, and Open 4 Business Dorset recognise this as an essential charity to sponsor in 2012.”

A presentation will be made to the local lifeboat crew during November. Every pound raised during the Open 4 Business Awards Dinner will be matched by the Lloyds Bank Match Fund.

The Open 4 Business Dorset Awards Dinner and Ceremony promises to be an exciting evening where guests will enjoy a menu created by three local leading restaurants, HIX Oyster and Fish House, Yalbury Cottage and Sienna Dorchester. The chefs will work with the Weymouth College catering students to create and serve the dishes to over 180 guests.

A celebratory firework display will follow the dinner to mark the 10th anniversary of the Open 4 Business Festival. The Awards Ceremony will be opened by Liz Myles, the new principal of Weymouth College, the main sponsor of Open 4 Business Dorset 2012.

For more information please contact Julie Cleaver on

Photo © Andrew Knowles.

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