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The Fence Club celebrates a year of new venues, events and record fundraising

The Fence Club celebrates a year of new venues, events and record fundraising

The Fence Club has cemented its position as a force for good, with the organisation celebrating its record fundraising achievements in 2023, as it continues to evolve, whilst remaining true to its original purpose of representing “all sides of the fence” of the UK toy industry.

The Fence Club’s 44 members, plus 47 retired “Wall members” brings together an eclectic mix of influential figures in the toy sector – be it at retail, supplier, licensor or third-party service provider level. Meeting regularly at exclusive gatherings and industry events, the Club’s members throw themselves into a range of ambitious and fun activities (enlisting the support of colleagues and friends) to raise valuable funds for children’s charities. They remain united by the same traditional values upon which the organisation was founded but continually striving to do more by adapting their approach, seeking out new faces, and keeping pace with the demands of the modern day.

This objective has paid dividends in the past year with record funds being raised since the summer, for its charities, through the introduction of new venues and events while keeping the traditional occasions that are at the heart of the Club.

The relocation of the Christmas Ball reaped rewards with great food, great company and an even greater auction! The new style party for the London Toy Fair was a fresh event where a good time was had by all, creating much conversation in the aisles, the next day.

An impressive Normandy Walk with its Wall members and the much-loved, industry-renowned Golf Day all added to the roster of high-achieving charity collections.

Added to this, individual fundraising has boosted the coffers, special thanks to Henry Dayus and Colin Lisle cannot go unmentioned.

Jon Gregory, Chairman of The Fence Club, said: “All in all, since summer last year, over £130k has been raised for the children-based charities that we support. As the organisation approaches its 75th year, it is heartwarming to see the Club develop into the new era, with new faces and fresh ideas, and I can speak on behalf of all that we are very proud of what has been achieved.”  

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Rebecca Ash

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