Angel’s Den 2023 – Nurturing Dreams, Supporting Change

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A celebration of Bucks' charities

The five Angels - Gary Grant, Matt Storey, Mike Clare, Simon Biltcliffe and George Anson
The five Angels - Gary Grant, Matt Storey, Mike Clare, Simon Biltcliffe and George Anson

Our inaugural Angels’ Den was a great success. Hosted at the stunning Missenden Abbey, and bedecked with Christmas decorations and twinkling lights, this created an enchanting setting for a truly magical event.

Martin Gallagher, CEO, welcomed everyone and then handed over to our Founder, President and Angel, Mike Clare, who introduced the other Angels: George Anson, Simon Biltcliffe, Gary Grant and Matt Storey. We are very grateful to all of the Angels for their generous contribution of £10,000 each, which we were able to match fund giving us a total funding pot of £100,000.

After a game of ‘heads and tails’ to break the ice, Nathan Cooper from Bucks Radio expertly compered the event introducing the ten charities who presented to the Angels. Stop watch in hand he made sure that everyone kept to their two minutes to pitch with a further four minute Q&A session.

The Angels retired to a quiet room to deliberate while our guests enjoyed drinks and canapes while listening to music provided by the duo the Silver Surfers. It was then time to hear the results. Every charity was awarded a share of the £100,000 pot and a certificate. The awards are listed below. The evening ended with a musical recital from Jacob Cole a talented singer from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make our first Angels’ Den so special.

We will be hosting our next Angels’ Den in September 2024 and inviting charities to submit applications in the new year.

You can watch a short video of the event highlights here.

£20,000 - One Eighty

Susie Besant from One Eighty receiving their presentation from Mike Clare
Susie Besant from One Eighty receiving their presentation from Mike Clare

£17,000 - Inspire Bucks

Inspire Bucks receiving their presentation from Matt Storey
Inspire Bucks receiving their presentation from Matt Storey

£14,000 - Missenden Walled Garden

Missenden Walled Garden receiving their presentation from Gary Grant
Missenden Walled Garden receiving their presentation from Gary Grant

£7,000 - Calibre Audio

Calibre Audio receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe
Calibre Audio receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe

£7,000 - Chiltern Music Therapy

Chiltern Music Therapy receiving their presentation from George Anson
Chiltern Music Therapy receiving their presentation from George Anson

£7,000 - Chiltern Rangers

John Shaw from Chiltern Rangers receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe
John Shaw from Chiltern Rangers receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe

£7,000 - Connection Support

Chris Keating from Connection Support receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe
Chris Keating from Connection Support receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe

£7,000 - Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity receiving their presentation from Simon Biltcliffe

£7,000 - Restore Hope

Restore Hope receiving their presentation from George Anson
Restore Hope receiving their presentation from George Anson

£7,000 - Tall Ships Youth Trust

Alastair Floyd from Tall Ships Youth Trust receiving their presentation from George Anson
Alastair Floyd from Tall Ships Youth Trust receiving their presentation from George Anson

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