A year’s driving of Nissan’s award-winning all-electric British-built LEAF hatchback car is revealed today as the star auction prize in next month’s prestigious London Press Club Ball.

In a stunning coup for the Press Ball, the winning charity auction bidder will earn a year’s driving of a top-of-the range LEAF – with batteries included – putting a whole new slant on ‘current affairs.’

Indeed Nissan will even fit a dedicated charging point at the successful bidder’s home and, if desired, at their workplace as well to fully charge up in just four hours the car which costs  more than £25,000 to buy outright. Public rapid-chargers will do up to 80 per cent of the battery’s capacity  in just 30 minutes.

Nissan is the main automotive sponsor of this year’s London Press Club Ball which will be held this year on Thursday October 10 in the breath-taking Great Hall of the Royal Courts of Justice in London’s Strand.

The Ball is a glittering, upmarket annual highlight of the media social calendar attended by chief executives, editors, journalists, television presenters and programme-makers from the major national newspaper, online, TV and broadcast media companies.

It will be hosted by TV presenter and journalist Kate Silverton, with the fierce bidding overseen by celebrity auctioneer and broadcaster Nick Ferrari. Star entertainment  includes a performance by former  X-Factor contestant  Ella Henderson.

The London Press Club has been running the annual press Ball for the past nine years and has so far raised more than £250,000 for the Journalists’ Charity.

The Ball is supported by all the major UK newspaper and media groups.

This year as part of the Nissan sponsorship, selected VIP guests will be whisked to and from the event in a fleet of the silent, pollution-free ‘green’ LEAFs.

The LEAF is already exempt from the London Congestion charge and road tax and achieve the equivalent of 2p a mile motoring.

Patron of this year’s Ball is Lord Black of Brentwood, executive director of the Telegraph Group.

In addition:

CAMELOT  is the Ball’s main headline sponsor having had a long association with the event

EASYJET is sponsoring the raffle

London Press Club Ball chairman Philippa Kennedy OBE  said: ‘This is the ninth time the London Press Club has run the annual press ball and it has so far has raised more than £250,000 for the Journalists’ Charity.

‘The highlight of the evening is the fabulous ‘money can’t buy’ auction which includes fabulous exotic holidays and events.  The top item this year is a fantastic year’s driving of the all-electric, zero-emissions, and British-built  Nissan LEAF.’

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills said: ‘We’re thrilled that Nissan should be the main automotive sponsor of this year’s Press Club Ball. It is fitting that its revolutionary all-electric car should be centre stage as the media industry itself continues to embrace so many technological changes. We’re very grateful to Nissan. The LEAF is a terrifically exciting star auction item and we know it will contribute handsomely to the thousands of pounds we are seeking to raise for our industry’s charity.’

Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon said: ‘The London Press Club Ball has become  firmly established in the UK media’s social calendar – and it’s all in a good cause.

‘The Journalists’ Charity has been helping journalists in need and their families for nearly 150 years. It is the industry’s own charity for those who are working, or have worked, in print, on air or online.’

The new, second-generation LEAF is now being built in Sunderland  and incorporates more than 100 significant changes and improvements from the original first generation model, including a range of  124 miles (up from 109) and the ability to recharge in half the time.

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Nissan’s Sunderland factory to witness the first British-built Nissan leaf electric car rolling off the production line and creating 2,000 new UK jobs thanks to investment of £420million.

David Jackson, communications director, Nissan Motor GB said: “We’re delighted to be the main automotive sponsor of the prestigious London Press Club Ball and to showcase to the nation’s leading media just how ground-breaking our new Nissan LEAF really is.

The LEAF is not a compromise. It’s a practical everyday family car that can come with everything from a state-of-the-art sound system to leather seats. It’s great fun to drive too. What better way than to let journalists see that for themselves.’

More details and table bookings at:www.thepressball.com

Tickets £195.00 plus VAT each
LPC/ IAPC individual member rates £150 including VAT

Tables of 10 – £1,950 plus VAT
Tables of 12 – £2,340 plus VAT

For table or individual bookings please contact:

Entire Affair, Audit House, 260 Field End Road, Ruislip Middlesex HA4 9LT

Tel: 020 8429 7520 / 7530 Fax: 020 8429 7521

Email: lpc@entireaffair.com


 Notes to editors:

:: The Journalists’ Charity  is the leading charity for all journalists in need- in print, on air and online  – there to assist them, their partners and dependants with grants and other forms of financial assistance where possible.
Founded in 1864 and with Charles Dickens a founding supporter, the charity currently spends about £1million a year giving grants to journalists in need and running residential care  homes. Journalists’ Charity is the working name of the Newspaper Press Fund.
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. President: Lord Rothermere.


:: The London Press Club is one of the world’s oldest press clubs and acts as a forum for journalists, business people, legislators and others, as well as hosting the newspaper industry’s prestigious annual awards.



  • As well as the all-electric LEAF, Nissan’s  Sunderland plant also produces the Nissan Qashqai, new Note and Juke.
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  •  More than seven million vehicles have been built at the Sunderland factory since 1986 with 85 per cent of production exported to 104 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is £3.5billion
  •  A record 510,572 vehicles  were produced at the Sunderland plant in 2012
  • Sunderland Plant currently employs 6,000 people
  • Nissan’s European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
  • Nissan’s European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 500 people