Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming Lives

‘Homelessness to Independence’

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Richmond Adult Community College


Tickets available soon…


The demand for SPEAR’s services is increasing.  SPEAR are needed as much today as we were 30 years ago when we were started by our founder, Penny Wade.

When two people died sleeping rough near Richmond Riverside, Penny Wade rallied local communities to help and create SPEAR.  

Our 30thAnniversary event is not just a celebration of those we have supported from Homelessness to Independence, but also recognises the tremendous hurdles we have faced together with all of our supporters to help those most vulnerable over the last 30 years. Our founder’s words, ‘No-one should die because they don’t have a home’ are still just as relevant today.


We are delighted to welcome you, our supporters to our 30th Anniversary event – 30 Years of Changing Lives’ taking place in the beautiful screening room of Richmond Adult Community College (RACC).  This event will take you on a journey back through time of how work with the homeless sector has adapted through changing times.

Through a multi-media presentation and a panel debate, we will reflect on how the homeless sector has evolved and developed.  Including our Patron – the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, our Chairman, our CEO – Stuart Nevill, SPEAR clients and invited panel guests.  We will reflect on creative influences on homelessness from the past to present such as Ken Loach, Tony Garnett (Cathy Come Home, 1966) (I Daniel Blake, 2016),  Daisy-May Hudson (Half-Way, 2015) and others.

We will be holding a lively fundraising auction with a whole range of prizes to bid on from the most exclusive to those which have wide appeal.

Tickets will include fabulous canapes and refreshments.  There will also be a pay bar.

With your support, we want to ensure we can still be here for those that need us in the future so together, we can continue our journey from  Homelessness to Independence.

 We are looking for more sponsors and prizes.  Could you connect us with a local group or celebrity for this event?  We will be adding to this list as new Ambassadors come on board.

Our kind thanks to these fabulous people and companies who have already agreed to support this very special evening:

Our Esteemed Guests & Panelists

The Rt Hon Vince Cable – our Patron

John Stephen – our Chairman

Stuart Nevill – our CEO

Daisy-May Hudson – Director (Half-Way film)

Cleo Sylvestre – Actress  (Cathy Come Home film)

Morag Livingstone – Livingstone Media


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Our Talented Artists & Contributors

Professional singer – Helena April

Live pianist – Tullio Joseph

Our Auctioneer – James Scott Brown

Professional photographer –  Simon Winson

Premier Charity Solutions – Providing the Auction Integration Software for the silent auction

Heavenly Dish – Providing the catering


Our Generous Sponsors


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oneOne Water who will be donating refreshments for our guests


  Ben & Jerry who will be donating ice-creams & waffles for our guests

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Sugar Rush  who will be providing delicious cakes on the occasion



Richmond based Tesco will be providing a food voucher            


              Richmond based Sainsbury’s will also be providing a voucher for food


Our Donated Prizes

One week at Glen House Estate ‘Larder House’ donated by the Tennant family

Rob Brydon – invitation for two people to the recording of ‘Would I Lie to You’ plus a Meet and Greet with Rob Brydon.  Signed autobiography called ‘Small Man in a Book’

Tony Garnett – signed copy of autobiography ‘The Day the Music Died’ and signed DVD of Cathy Come Home

Meadow Sweet Flowers – bouquet

Heavenly Dish – Lynne Sagar is donating a one day cookery workshop

Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream vouchers organised by Chris Sherriff (Head of Retail – Europe)

A varied luxury food hamper

A  cosmetic hamper donated by Ecover / Method

Support us on social media

We are asking supporters to wish us well on our anniversary and spread the word by having a photo of you or your group with our 30th Anniversary poster that can be printed off below.  Please remember to include #SPEAR30 @SPEARLondon

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