The Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk and North Essex held its annual dinner at the end of April in the heart of the north Essex countryside.
A crowd of 228 attended the black tie dinner at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club and Hotel, followed by a jazz band and relaxed networking with colleagues old and new.
Ipswich president Peter Taylor chose two charities to support in his year of office -- the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) screening programme and the Thames Sailing Barge Trust. The former is particularly close to Mr Taylor's heart as his own children have benefited from the programme and the reassurance it provides.
CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD), supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD.
A raffle held at the dinner, along with a small contribution from the Ipswich Institute 5k fun run that was added to the total, made for a final amount raised of £1,324.
Congratulations go to Wayne Damant from Axa Insurance, who completed the 5K fun run in just 19 minutes 57 seconds; and Hannah Doran, also from Axa Insurance, the first female to complete the course -- in 24 minutes 48 seconds.