Stanley Johnson to speak at the Great Somerset Ball Author, former politician and I’m a Celebrity star Stanley Johnson is set to entertain guests at the Great Somerset Ball. The glamorous black tie event at Somerset County Cricket Club, on Friday 28 September, will be raising funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice while celebrating everything great about Somerset. Special guest Stanley lives with his wife Jenny on Exmoor, where his family has farmed since 1951. He said: “I’m delighted to be supporting St. Margaret’s Hospice at the Great Somerset Ball. Jenny and I are looking forward to what I’m sure will be a fantastic occasion. “I know what a massive difference the care provided by St. Margaret’s makes to thousands of patients and families across Somerset, so I hope as many people as possible will join me on Friday 28 September to celebrate our wonderful county while raising funds for this vital local charity.” Stanley is a former Conservative Member of the European Parliament who has also worked for the World Bank and the European Commission. His six children include Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and journalist Rachel Johnson. Well known for his interest in environmental issues, Stanley is a trustee of the Gorilla Organisation and an ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species. He has written more than 20 non-fiction books and novels, most recently the political thriller Kompromat. St. Margaret’s Hospice, which last year cared for 3,800 people across Somerset, needs to raise over £9.5m each year to fund its end of life care services. The Great Somerset Ball, kindly sponsored by Cooper Associates and Maitland Walker, will begin with a complimentary cocktail followed by a delicious three-course meal. The evening entertainment includes a charity auction before guests dance the night away to music from premier South West covers band Eventine. Tickets cost £550 for a table of 10. Tables are already selling fast, so booking early is recommended to avoid disappointment. More information can be found at www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/Event/thegreatsomersetball.