The city’s business community celebrated 20 years of fundraising for the NSPCC in true glitz and glamour – and has raised thousands more for the children’s charity.

Organisers of the NSPCC Business Support Group’s Anniversary gala dinner expect the event to have raised around £5,000 to help and support vulnerable children and young people locally.

Some 190 attended the black tie event at the Holiday Inn West, which welcomed former Olympic athlete and TV personality Kriss Akabusi MBE as its special guest. The event was hosted by Heart FM’s Breakfast Show Host, Kev Lawrence.

Founder and CEO of The Akabusi Charitable Trust (TACT), Kriss knows first hand the experiences of children in vulnerable situations – having spent some of his early childhood in care.


He shared his experiences with guests at the charity dinner, speaking alongside NSPCC young Ambassadors who have benefited from the service and support the charity provides. Guests also heard a poignant speech from Peter Watt, NSPCC Executive Board Member highlighting the fact that ‘every childhood is worth fighting for’.

Event organiser Carol Collier said: “We have had an amazing year of fundraising so far, and this dinner was a chance for supporters of the charity to mark the on-going success of the group and celebrate the work the group has been able to support. 

“Having Kriss as our special guest, alongside NSPCC young Ambassadors was an honour and we hope that everyone who attended the dinner was inspired by the stories they shared.”

The group, made up of members of the local business community, has raised £800,000 since it began – with all money raised being used to support vulnerable children and young people in and around the Peterborough area.

Events include the annual Rutland Water Bike Ride, Race Night, Music Quiz and the popular Strictly Razzamatazz evenings.

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