Christmas Lunch 2018

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Christmas Lunch

Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames

Joint event with IoD Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire
Supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance

Speaker: Elspeth Beard – the FIRST British woman to Motorcycle around the world

Get the festive season off to an excellent start with the Business Forum, IoD Berkshire & Oxfordshire Christmas lunch on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at Leander Club on the banks of the River Thames.

Our guest speaker will be Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to Motorcycle around the world. In 1982, at the age of just 23, Elspeth Beard left London and set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6 and became the first British woman to motorcycle around the world. She had no sponsorship or support and was in an age before email, GPS, internet, cell phones and satnavs.

During her two-and-a-half year journey she rode through deserts and mountain ranges and war-ravaged countries and along the way she had to fake documents, witness riots and civil uprisings, fend off physical threats, sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police who were convinced she was trafficking drugs. She survived two crashes and life-threatening illnesses and fell in love twice.

She now runs an award-winning architectural practice, specialising in creating and remodelling interesting and unusual buildings – she lives in a converted Victorian water tower in the south-east of England.

There will be a raffle and auction in aid of the Children’s Air Ambulance. When a newborn baby or child is fighting for their life, they need to get expert medical treatment fast. The Children’s Air Ambulance flies the child to the hospital that has the specialist facilities that will save their life. And because every second counts, their helicopter not only takes children to safety around four times faster, it also provides intensive care in the air. Or if they’re too sick to travel, they take the specialist teams and equipment to them.

Tickets: £48 inc VAT – includes arrival drink, three-course meal, coffee, wine, mince pies & crackers

Please book on the IoD website HERE

OR contact Julie Jones on 07919 363778 or to ensure you get the members’ rate (valid for Business Forum and IoD members and their guests)