The inaugural fundraising event held on 27 September saw The Right Worshipful Mayor of Bath and over one hundred local dignitaries convene at the historic Roman Baths to celebrate the launch of the Novia Foundation. Speeches included Bill Vasilieff, CEO Novia Financial, James Savage, Novia Foundation trustee as well as Jamie Luck, from local charity Mentoring Plus.

The well attended event included a charity raffle with spectacular prizes donated by individuals and local businesses, these included: lunch / tea with the Right Worshipful Mayor of Bath, a family ticket to a league match, donated by Bath City Football club, corporate hospitality at Bath Rugby donated by Novia Financial, Taste of Bath hamper, hot tub and afternoon tea from No. 15 Great Pulteney and a hot air balloon ride from Bath Balloons.

The raffle and donations on the night raised approx £3000 all of which will go to local causes, helping to support and improve the lives of those in and around the Bath area.

£1000 cheques were also awarded on the night to West of England Mentoring, Mentoring Plus, High Littleton Pre School, Cirencester Housing for young people, St Peters Hospice and £1750 to Great Western Air Ambulance to fund one of their missions.

James Savage, Novia Foundation trustee said: “We are immensely grateful for all those who attended and would like to extend a special thanks to Searcy’s and The Roman Baths for hosting us as well as to all the local business and all those who made personal donations to our raffle. As well as being a hugely enjoyable evening we were delighted to be able to raise money and hear from some of our charities as to how that has already been put to good work “

Bill Vasilieff, CEO at Novia Financial said: “Novia as a company has been fundraising since it was established in 2008 Novia Foundation was the next logical step forward after our first 10 years, we are thrilled to be supporting this initiative”

The Novia Foundation has been created to primarily support projects and initiatives that aim to improve and help the lives of people in Bath and the surrounding area.