Special guest Sir David Attenborough and event host Kate Humble joined 360 guests to celebrate 25 years of the Whitley Fund for Nature providing funding, profile and training for global conservation projects on 14 November 2018.

Kate Humble, one of the charity’s ambassadors, introduced the evening and later presented a question and answer session with Sir David Attenborough, himself one of Whitley Fund for Nature’s supporters since 2005.

Whitley Fund for Nature’s 25th Anniversary Hope Gala at the Natural History Museum, included a sustainable fashion show and Silent Auction on-line going live in the room bidders winning amazing holidays, unique experiences, and one-of-a-kind pieces available.

All funds raised going towards their target of raising £1m in conservation funding for their 25th Anniversary Fund.

Catering was provided by Zafferano who delivered a three-course meal for the 360 guests in attendance. Event production suppliers Wise Productions were on hand to transform the space with AV, sound and lighting.

The Whitley Fund for Nature has given £15 million to support the work of 200 local environmental heroes benefiting wildlife and communities in more than 80 countries.

Hannah Ramuz, event organiser, Whitley Fund for Nature comments:

“The Natural History Museum is an iconic and beautiful venue.  It was an incredible experience for our 360 guests to dine in the glittering Hintze Hall, for a fundraising dinner celebrating Whitley Fund for Nature’s 25thAnniversary.  All under the beauty of the sweeping blue whale, inspiring a love of the natural world and the vital need for our charity to continue to protect endangered species and their habitats worldwide. The events team at the NHM provided meticulous support in the planning and helped us to seamlessly deliver both a wonderful and memorable evening for our guests. We are delighted to announce that WFN’s Hope Gala raised over £850,000 and counting for the 25thAnniversary Fund.”

Robert Wetherell, Head of Venue Hire and Catering at Natural History Museum said:

“There was a special buzz in Hintze Hall with this passionate group of conservationists truly appreciative of their icon, Sir David Attenborough. The flexibility of the venue was highlighted, accommodating the clients’ fashion shows, pieces of artwork and varied entertainment program. It was a pleasure to host what was a truly special evening for everyone present.”