Elcock Associates, an architects and chartered surveying firm from Christchurch raised £15,000 for military charities Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Pilgrim Bandits on Saturday November 19 the Hilton Bournemouth.

The black tie event featured a talk by explorer Ed Stafford who entertained guests with stories of his 860-day trek across the length of the Amazon, for which he received a Guinness World Record. Guests were also treated to a comedy compere, a ‘money can’t buy’ exclusive auction and a luxury raffle with gifts donated by local businesses.

Adam Elcock, managing director of Elcock Associates, a leading firm of architects, chartered surveyors, project managers and designers, said: “It’s the third fundraiser we’ve held and Elcock Associate’s 10th anniversary so we wanted to make it special for everyone attending. We’re delighted with everyone’s generosity.

“As a former soldier having served in various war zones and my wife who lost her first husband in Afghanistan in the Nimrod crash, we are all too aware of the effect on families and we hope that our donation will help the charities achieve some of their goals.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity which supports the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces and the Pilgrim Bandits creates opportunities for injured veterans.