Tontine adds fundraising sparkle

Eastgate Theatre staff have hailed the generosity of a Peebles hotel following its recent hosting of a special afternoon tea that helped raise more than £2,400 for the theatre’s Development Project.

Held last Sunday afternoon at the Tontine Hotel, the French Fancies with Fizz fundraiser saw more than 60 people settle down to a sumptuous afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the hotel’s Adam Room. With a welcome glass of prosecco from Villeneuve Wines, plus accompanying music from the Gerard Dott Trio, it was a deliciously decadent afternoon.

The Tontine hosted the event free-of-charge, which means all ticket proceeds go direct to the Eastgate Development Project. “We were delighted to support the theatre in this way,” said Kate Innes, owner of the Tontine Hotel. “I was also hugely proud of our kitchen and serving staff, who really pulled out all the stops for the afternoon tea.”

And the Tontine wasn’t alone in throwing its support behind the theatre’s plans. The generosity of a dozen local businesses who all donated items for a silent auction during the event was matched by bids from those in the room that raised a total of £1,400.

The range of donations, all of which attracted bids well above their reserve prices, reflected the wealth of activities to enjoy locally, from a private tour of Dawyck Botanic Garden and a half-day course at Cocoa Black’s Chocolate and Pastry School to mountain bike tuition with Swift Trails and a Go Ape experience at Glentress.

Other popular items included an original felt painting by Moy Mackay, health and beauty items from Peebles Beauty, Studio One, The Health Rooms, Peebles Physio and Mel Riley Remedial and Sports Massage.

Foodies were also well catered for by Catriona Staddon from Hyndberry Bespoke Catering, who offered a special pudding lovers dinner party, while Woodhouse Farm in Manor Valley donated a freezer full of award-winning lamb, expertly butchered by Forsyths of Peebles.

All proceeds go towards the £50,000 that the community has to raise to lever investment of around £1.5million that will, in turn, be used to develop a facility that better meets the needs of the growing population of Peebles and surrounding area.

“We are hugely grateful to the Tontine for hosting what was a truly memorable afternoon, plus the phenomenal support of all those who participated in the silent auction,” commented Estella Abraham from the Eastgate Theatre fundraising team. “With this help, we are now another step closer to realising our exciting plans for the theatre.”