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Fast Forward 15 mentees raise £4k for charity

Charity fundraiser held in celebration of International Women's Day

Pictured: Fast Forward 15 mentees organised a 80s themed fundraiser

Fast Forward 15 mentees last week delivered a stand-out charity event at Egg Nightclub in London raising more than £4,000 for charity. 

The event was developed in response to a challenge set down to test the event organising prowess of the mentees and in celebration of International Women's Day. This year’s team exceeded their target and raised over £4,000 on the night with all proceeds going to Smart Works and Fast Forward 15.

Entertainment for the evening was supplied by Wildfire, who challenged guests to win a selection of prizes on the old-school video game classic Pac Man. Another highlight was Natalie Livesey, a current mentee, who took to the stage to host a special edition of Play Your Cards Right.

Fundraising activities included an exclusive raffle with luxury prizes, including overnight hotel stays, restaurant vouchers and fantastic tickets to London’s best shows. The silent auction saw some exceptionally generous bids on money-can’t-buy prizes, including a coaching session with Fast Forward 15’s founder and M&IT Personality of the Year, Fay Sharpe.

Commenting on the programme, head of events at Chinawhite and Fast Forward 15 mentee Gabrielle Austen Browne said: “The Fast Forward 15 journey has been an incredibly rewarding experience, culminating in a fantastic charity event which smashed all targets thanks to our supporters. I can’t emphasise enough what a worthwhile and inspiring mentorship programme this is and would encourage any ambitious women in events and hospitality to apply, no matter what stage of their career they are at.”

Fast Forward 15 is returning for 2018, offering 15 new mentees the opportunity to be a part of the programme. Candidates can still apply through the dedicated site (

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