The HQR Summer Ball is a celebration of all that is good in the London High Quality Residential sector.
Born out of the relentless corporate drinks events within our industry, the HQR Summer Ball is the response to a perceived need for a single ‘big’ event. In discussion with consultants, contractors and subcontractors from the London HQR sector back in 2016, it was clear that there was an appetite for an occasion which brings together the great and the good of London’s unrivalled high-quality residential construction community. The event isn’t just a networking opportunity – it’s an inclusive social event where you and your business guests, along with wives, husbands and partners are actively encouraged to attend and enjoy a memorable evening.
The inaugural HQR Summer Ball in 2016 achieved an attendance of 660 representatives across the HQR London residential sector, who together helped raise a fantastic £54,300 for the year’s two chosen Charities, The Lighthouse Club and The Teenage Cancer Trust.
The decision to repeat the event in 2017 was therefore made easy having formally established HQR London as a Charitable Trust.
The 2019 Summer Ball saw large numbers attend, raising £105,000 for the year’s charities of The Lighthouse Club, Child Bereavement UK and Evolve Housing + Support. The introduction of a tablet based silent auction facility enhanced the evening by providing many more sponsorship opportunities and allowing the formalities of the evening to run quicker and smoother to maximise the guests networking time.
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic scuppered plans for a 2020 or 2021 event. However, our industry has a strong heritage of corporate social responsibility and charitable giving. Following an impromptu Christmas appeal during that time, much needed funds for The Lighthouse Club was met with great support from our members resulting in over £64,000 in donations.
Patience is a virtue. In 2022 we were delighted to finally be able to again deliver our Summer Ball which was met with much support from the HQR community. Despite the world’s economic issues and train strikes(!) we were delighted to welcome over 650 attendees and declare a fantastic £85,000 raised. These funds were distributed to The Lighthouse Club (£35,000), Winston’s Wish (£35,000) and GHIC (£15,000).
In support of HQR London’s 2023 chosen charities, the Trustees are really looking forward to welcoming guests to its Summer Ball in June.