Gallery: AWTE Christmas lunch

The Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE) Christmas lunch raised nearly £17,000 for charity thanks to donations from Gold Medal, Seabourn and Attraction World among others.

Membership is at an all-time high for AWTE which was highlighted by the number of donations to National Deaf Children’s Society at the event on Monday at Connaught Rooms in central London.

A total of £16,653 was raised for the lead charity National Deaf Children’s Society.

There were fundraising contributions from Gold Medal’s Nick Hughes who led an auction and lead sponsors Seabourn and Attraction World.

Guests were given a crash course in sign language by the charity choir singing Merry Christmas and Twelve Days of Christmas.

AWTE chair Sarah Clayton Turner said: “It has been a year of transition for AWTE.

“As an organisation we have become focused on issues that affect the careers of women in the travel industry and have recalibrated our events accordingly.

“I have no doubt that 2018 will see the organisation develop further.”

The fundraising also included £3,628 collected for the AWTE Benevolent Fund.

GalleryAWTE Christmas lunch