On behalf of Outward Bound, Celebrity Group made arrangements for comedian Bill Bailey to celebrity host at the prestigious Thank You Dinner and Award Ceremony at St James’s Palace.
As celebrity host, Bill made a speech and presented 2 awards, the first to Wendy Bower and the second to Charles Ledigo.
Outward Bound have been working with Wendy Bower since 2011 when she was Deputy Head at Rokeby School, where the pupils went on a programme funded by HSBC. In January 2014 Wendy became Headteacher at The Royal Docks Community School in Newham, where she introduced Outward Bound Courses for every pupil at the school.
The dinner is the only time of the year when all the major supporters of the Trust come together in the same room to celebrate the work of Outward Bound. This year’s event marked the first time that a professional comedian had presented an award, and having a celebrity host was an overwhelming success.
Bill’s intelligent sense of humour, which established him as a household name on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, went down well with the 190 high profile guests, made up of high-value donors and corporate partners.
His comments drew gales of laughter when he made the respectful comparison between the priceless hand-printed wall coverings of St. James’ Palace with the wallpaper of his favourite Indian restaurant in Chiswick. All in attendance agreed that Bill Baily made for a wondeful celebrity host.