Patrons host celebratory garden party

Dingley’s Promise patrons host a garden party to celebrate the charity’s achievements with the local community.

Dingley’s Promise patrons Christopher and Naomi Khoo hosted a special garden party at their home in Maidenhead on the 20th of August. The goal of the event was to raise awareness and celebrate the life changing support that Dingley’s Promise provides to children in the Early Years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families, across Berkshire. Invited guests included charity funders, corporate partnership representatives, and local and national government members.  

Attendees were treated to a splendid evening of drinks and delicious canapés in the picturesque garden, all to the musical accompaniment of a local jazz band. Guests were also able to learn about Dingley’s Promise by reading case studies, watching our latest fundraising videos, and speaking to members of the charity team.  



Chief Executive of Dingley’s Promise, Catherine McLeod MBE, spoke to guests about the challenges that children with SEND and their families are still facing due to the pandemic and how the charity plans to support children and families in the years ahead. She also spoke about how the charity is increasing inclusion on a national level via the growing success of the Dingley’s Promise Training Programme.  

Jo Evans, the charity’s Fundraising and Communications Manager outlined upcoming fundraising needs and introduced Helen Amner Munslow, Parent Trustee and Andrea (Mum to Leo, who attends Dingley’s Promise in Wokingham). They both spoke incredibly movingly about the hugely positive difference that support from Dingley’s Promise had made to both their children’s lives, and to the lives of their families.  




Berkshire High Sheriff Willie Hartley Russell provided closing comments. He emphasized the importance of the charity’s work and welcomed the continuation of Dingley’s Promise providing life changing support to children and families across Berkshire.  

Dingley’s Promise would like to thank Christopher Khoo DL and his wife Naomi for hosting such a fantastic evening. We are also grateful to all our guests for taking the time to attend. Lastly, we would like to thank the amazing staff and volunteers who made sure the evening ran so smoothly! 

Photography: Peter McClintock