The Elise Garden Party by Michael Hipperson……
This has been a long and rewarding journey ! An idea, that was germinated 8 years ago after watching a television programme about Little Haven’s Childrens Hospice, has grown into an annual event which last year alone generated over £50,000 for the Hospice.
Each year the event gets stronger.From a small gathering in 2002 to a weekend event in 2008 that attracted nearly 200 Lotus enthusiasts, Sir John Whitmore as auctioneer and Andy Green OBE, holder of the World Landspeed Record, as after dinner speaker.
Donations and support for our yearly auction have come from personalities ranging from Stirling Moss,Williams F1, Jackie Stewart, Lewis Hamilton , artists Andrew Kitson and Dexter Brown and F1 World Champions McLaren.
The Hospice needs over £2 million a year to operate with a government handout of just £27,000 ! The Lotus community have shown their true colours with their constant generosity even in these straightened times.....
*****Fund Raising Grand Total £239,415*****
EGP Fund Raising
2004 £640 £640 Donation bucket in the garden
2005 £4,200 £4840 Auctioneer: Gordon Cooper
2006 £11,125 £15,965 Auctioneer: Martin Donnelly and Brian Lister
2007 £20,200 £36,165 Auctioneer: Robert Edwards
2008 £50,800 £86,965 Auctioneer: Sir John Whitmore
2009 £18,035 £105,000 Auctioneer: Andy Green, John Miles,
2010 £30,400 £135,400 Auctioneer: Richard Noble
2010 £6,000 For Jake
2011 £500 Raffle with Sir Stirling Moss (Maldon)
2011 £6,900 An Evening with Jackie Oliver (BRDC)
2011 £6,000 SELOC on line auction
2011 £2,350 SELOC auction of Jullian Thompson Elise Prints
2011 £11,600 An Evening with Damon Hill (BRDC)
2012 £3,000 An Evening with Jackie Oliver/Murray Walker
2012 £10,235 An Evening with Jody Scheckter (BRDC)
2012 £21,880 An Evening with Christian Horner (BRDC)
2013 £17,495 An Evening with Ross Brawn (BRDC)
2014 £18,055 An Evening with Mark Webber (BRDC)