Smith & Williamson sponsors mental health charity ball

  • Written By: Louise Somerset
  • Published: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:47 GMT

Smith & Williamson is supporting a mental health charity founded in memory of a farmer and jockey who took his own life aged just 43.

Beaufort charity ball Louise Somerset

The Even Keel Foundation was established following the death last year of Gloucestershire man Michael Keel.

It works to highlight mental health issues in men and help prevent male suicide, which is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

The charity is particularly focused on raising awareness among those involved in agriculture and horse racing, which are both vulnerable sectors for mental health.

Smith & Williamson is headline sponsor of the foundation’s charity masquerade ball, which takes place at the Beaufort Polo Club on Saturday, 16th May.

Louise Somerset, Partner and Head of Smith & Williamson’s Cheltenham office, said: “I am delighted we are able to support such a worthwhile cause, which is close to the hearts of so many families which have been affected, including some near to us personally.

“It’s only in recent years that the true scale of the problem has come to light so the more we raise awareness, the more lives can be saved.”

Samantha Hillier, founder of The Even Keel Foundation, added: “To have the backing of a firm as respected and successful as Smith & Williamson really is the jewel in the crown for us, especially with us being so newly established. Once again, it is testament to quite how much mental health is touching so many lives these days.”

The event also features a twilight charity polo match and black-tie dinner. This will be followed by a charity auction with celebrity auctioneer Adam Henson and an after-dinner speech from Clare Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven.

Tickets for the ball are available from

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