The Heath House Burns' Night 2010 Social
PUBLISHED: 13:49 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:49 20 February 2013
Heath House, the splendid Victorian Gothic country mansion at Tean, near Uttoxeter, officially opened its doors for a Burns' Night celebration in aid of Treetops Hospice Ripple Appeal.
Heath House, the splendid Victorian Gothic country mansion at Tean, near Uttoxeter, officially opened its doors for a Burns Night celebration in aid of Treetops Hospice Ripple Appeal. It was a rare opportunity to visit The Heath House prior to its public opening this spring, when it will be featured on the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue.
Among the 160 guests were Treetops Hospices President, Lord Ralph Kerr with his wife, Lady Ralph Kerr of Melbourne Hall, and Ripple Appeal Manager Mrs Kate Shaw.
Treetops Hospice Vice-President, Dawn-Elizabeth Rudd, was instrumental in the organisation of the highly successful event, which raised 12,000 for Treetops. She can be seen alongside the Philips family in the Country House Rescue series as they were all put through their paces by formidable Ruth Watson.
Guests arrived to the sound of highland bagpipes and sparkling lanterns guided their way. The evening commenced with a champagne reception and canaps followed by a buffet supper of traditional Scottish fayre haggis, neeps and tatties, and a spectacular tower of miniature Scottish desserts provided by Red Olive Catering. The haggis was addressed by Warwick Adams with Burns tribute.
Guests were treated to a glittering evening of entertainment, which included highland dancing in the Drawing Room, whisky tasting in the Billiard Room, music from Speed the Plough, and an auction of some exceptional lots conducted by Stephen Salloway.