Charity Dinner raises more than £200,000 for good causes


Our annual charity dinner, held in central London on Thursday 14 November 2019, has raised £201,700 for a mixture of local charities and military benevolent funds.

Staff, along with customers, suppliers, shareholders, and partners all purchased tickets for the event, which contributed to the total on the night alongside money raised through live and silent auctions, a raffle and prize boards.

The money raised from the evening will be shared between the following charities, with staff across MBDA’s thee sites in the UK –Bolton, Bristol and Stevenage – each choosing two local charities.

Nathan, chair of MBDA’s Charity Challenge committee in Bolton that chose their local charities, said:

“The charities we nominated and selected provide great assistance in the areas where we live and work. Bolton Hospice do great work within the community by giving care that aims to improve the lives of people whose illness may not be curable, placing the highest value on respect and choice. We think When You Wish Upon A Star do amazing work making children who have life threating illnesses dreams come true. However, it’s not just wishes they grant; they also invest specialist equipment to help try to give the children and their families the longest and best life available. They are both causes we hope will benefit from the money raised at our Charity Dinner.”

Sam, the co-chair of MBDA’s Charity Challenge committee in Bristol that chose their local charities, said:

“The Charities chosen have a personal connection to Bristol employees; charities were nominated and selected based on providing fundamental support to those in need within the local area. They are causes that would greatly benefit from the money raised at the Charity Dinner as it will enable them to carry on providing their fantastic services.”

Alex, chair of MBDA’s Charity Challenge committee in Stevenage that chose the charities, said:

“We chose Garden House Hospice - who celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2020 - and Isabel Hospice because their incredible work in the community has touched our hearts over the years. We want to allow them to continue their fantastic work and we hope the donation from the event will be well received by both charities.”

During the evening’s proceedings, guests also heard from speakers on behalf of some of the charities being supported, the Army Benevolent Fund The Soldiers’ Charity and local charity Garden House Hospice.

At the end the evening a cheque  for the money raised was presented to the guest of honour, Assistant Chief of the General Staff Major General Ralph Wooddisse, who received it on behalf of the chosen charities.

Chris Allam, MBDA’s UK managing director who presented General Wooddisse with the cheque for the money raised, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that we have raised more than £200,000 for charities in support of our local communities and our armed forces.

“The support from the defence community here this evening makes a huge difference to so many lives, and it has been fantastic this evening to hear first-hand from our beneficiaries to understand the positive impact our fundraising this evening will make.”

Since it began in 1995, our annual Charity Dinner has raised in the region of £2 million for multiple causes, supporting local community charities, and military charities.

The first Charity Dinner was held in 1995 when it was the “British Aerospace Dynamics Charity Challenge Evening” and raised £5,650 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The momentum of the event grew from there and the monies raised since have traditionally been split between national military charities and local charities from the areas where our UK sites are based.

In 2012, the total monies raised from the Dinners broke through the £1M barrier, and 2018 was a record year when £210,000 was raised.