Our event at No.10 Downing Street took a rather romantic turn last week when coffee chain owner, Simon Coates, 51, got down on one knee in the White Room at the end of the evening to propose to his girlfriend of three years, Caroline Jayne Revell.
The couple, from Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex, were at the charity reception organised by Dimbleby Cancer Care and Quintessentially Foundation and hosted by Samantha Cameron, when Simon popped the question.
He said: “I was racking my brains for a few weeks to think of a special place where I could propose and then when we received the invitation from Quintessentially Foundation to attend the charity event I thought why not. Caroline is such a special person so I knew I had to do something pretty memorable.”
The evening gave guests the chance to meet Dimbleby Cancer Care staff and former patients, who were able to talk in detail about the charity’s work.
Caroline said: “I was completely shocked and thrilled and had to have a glass of water to relax afterwards. It was such a unique venue and I was very moved by Simon taking the time to plan something so wonderful. The charity now holds a special place in my heart and I plan to start supporting them in any way I can.”
Robin Pritchard, Director of Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “It was a wonderful way to end an inspiring evening. I wish them both the best of luck in married life.”
Ben Elliot, Founder of Quintessentially Foundation added: “I can honestly say this is a first. We’ve never had two members get engaged at one of our events, let alone a venue of such revere. I am not sure how they will top this with a wedding venue!”