Fundraising Lunch: BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner

We are delighted to announce that none other than the BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner will be the guest speaker for this year’s charity fundraising lunch, in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

This will once again be organised by the John Casson Foundation.

Generously sponsored by the private investment bank Arbuthnot Latham this exclusive event will take place at The Idle Rocks, commencing midday on Friday 30th September 2022.


Frank Gardner BBS Security Correspondent

About Our Guest Speaker, Frank Gardner

On 6 June 2004, while reporting from Al-Suwaidi, a district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Frank was shot six times and seriously injured in an attack by al-Qaida gunmen. One of Frank’s spinal nerves was hit in the attack and he was left partially paralysed in the legs. After 14 surgical operations, seven months in hospital and several months of rehabilitation, he returned to reporting for the BBC in mid-2005, using a wheelchair or a frame. In the 2005 Birthday Honours, Frank was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism.

Frank could not be a more appropriate speaker at this time with the ongoing tragic events in Ukraine, concerns regarding Putin and Russia and his personal challenges since being shot. He has kindly agreed to do this, giving up his time.

After the Champagne reception with canapes, you will enjoy a four-course lunch prepared by Dorian Janmaat accompanied by fine wines, together with, tea/coffee and petit fours. The Champagne and fine wines are generously sponsored by Ellis Wharton Wines.

To Make a Booking

To attend this exclusive event, which includes a four-course lunch prepared by Executive Head Chef Dorian Janmaat, accompanying wines and a Champagne reception with canapes, we are asking for donations of £175 per person. If you are not a UK taxpayer or wish to donate corporately whereby the Gift Aid cannot be recovered, we ask for £215 per person.

Why not stay at the The Idle Rocks, the night before or on the day of the lunch, or both? We are offering a special Bed and Breakfast rate for this event starting from £445 per room (see further room rates below)

If you would like to attend please contact  John Casson at

To book accommodation, please contact The Idle Rocks Reception Team on  01326 270 270 or email

We look forward to welcoming you to this very special evening.

Exclusive Room Rates

St Mawes Hotel (inclusive of Full Cornish Breakfast & VAT)

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Falmouth Room £320

Seaview Room £320

Deluxe Seaview Room £360

Superior Seaview Room £380


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Village Hideaway £445

Harbour View £475

Seaview £520

Grand Seaview £560

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