Novia Foundation – a newly established charity that aims to support projects and initiatives for the benefit of people in and around the city of Bath – celebrated its launch last month at the Roman Baths.
The inaugural fundraising event saw the right worshipful mayor of Bath and over one hundred local dignitaries meet at the historic Roman Baths to celebrate the launch of the Novia Foundation.
Speeches included Bill Vasilieff, CEO of Novia Financial, James Savage, Novia Foundation trustee and Jamie Luck, from local charity Mentoring Plus.
The event included a charity raffle with prizes donated by individuals and local businesses, these included: Lunch and Tea with the mayor of Bath, a family ticket to a league match, donated by Bath City Football club, Corporate Hospitality at Bath Rugby donated by Novia Financial, Taste of Bath Hamper, hot tub and afternoon tea from No. 15 Great Pulteney and a hot air balloon ride from Bath Balloons.
The raffle and donations on the night raised approx £3000 all of which will go to local causes, helping to support and improve the lives of those in and around the Bath area.
£1000 cheques were also awarded on the night to Mentoring Plus, High Littleton Pre School, Cirencester Housing for young people, St Peters Hospice and £1750 to Great Western Air Ambulance to fund one of its missions.
James Savage, Novia Foundation trustee said: “We are immensely grateful for all those who attended and would like to extend a special thanks to Searcy’s and The Roman Baths for hosting us as well as to all the local business and all those who made personal donations to our raffle. As well as being a hugely enjoyable evening we were delighted to be able to raise money and hear from some of our charities as to how it has already been put to good work “
Bill Vasilieff, chief executive at Novia Financial added: “Novia as a company has been fundraising since it was established in 2008. Novia Foundation was the next logical step forward after our first 10 years. We are thrilled to be supporting this initiative.”
Pictured above: Sarah Howarth and Pippa Russell trustees of Novia at the launch which took place on 28 September