Brackley firm donates structure to charity gala

Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and the Duke of Cambridge at Centrepoint's Winter Whites Gala. Brackley firm De Boer provided the tent for the event at Kensington Palace. Picture by Harriet Armstrong.
Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi and the Duke of Cambridge at Centrepoint's Winter Whites Gala. Brackley firm De Boer provided the tent for the event at Kensington Palace. Picture by Harriet Armstrong.

Brackley firm De Boer donated structures at Kensington Palace for a sell-out gala for homeless charity Centrepoint where the Duke of Cambridge surprised guests by taking to the stage to perform alongside singing stars Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift.

Prince William’s impromptu sing-along was the highlight of the Winter Whites Gala, Centrepoint’s biggest fundraising event of the year, which attracted 600 guests, including numerous celebrities.

The gala was hosted by The Duke at his London home where De Boer erected a 1,200 square metre Alu Hall, forming a reception and concert facility on the lawns in front of the Orangery in Kensington Gardens.

De Boer also supplied a separate ‘Green Room’ and a kitchen area where a buffet was prepared for the guests.

Peter Spruce, De Boer’s managing director, said: “De Boer is delighted to have been able to contribute by donating the structures in which this marvelous event was staged. Centrepoint is a truly inspirational charity that does so much to ease the plight of young homeless people.”