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Caudwell Children’s Charity Raises €961,295 For Autistic Children and Children With Disabilities With Their Monaco Events

  • The Monaco Butterfly Ball is in its 7th consecutive year.
  • €100,000 raised for selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Caudwell Children’s most prestigious and sought-after charity events in Monaco, Cycle with the Champions and the Butterfly Ball, sponsored by Burgess, Mayfair Times and Wider Yachts, took place on 14th and 15th October.

Both of these events were organised by Modesta Vžesniauskaitė and partner John Caudwell, founder of Caudwell Children where a life-changing €961,295 was raised to support autistic children or children with a disability. €100,000 of the funds raised was for the selective dorsal rhizotomy pledge lot. SDR is an operation used to improve muscle stiffness caused by abnormal communication between the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles in cerebral palsy.

John Caudwell said: “The fulfilment that myself and Modesta get from our philanthropic work is second to none, nothing compares to the joy we get from knowing that we have been able to help someone who needs it.”

On Friday 14th October, John Caudwell alongside 20 other cyclists took part in the Cycle with the Champions event which took them through the renowned medieval village of Èze which is famous for its breath-taking panoramic views and impressive architecture. Cyclists could choose from a 30km fun route or 100km mountainous route. After the event cyclists were welcomed with a celebratory drinks reception and buffet.

On Saturday 15th October the annual Butterfly Ball Monaco brought together over 120 of Caudwell Children’s most generous supporters including Duncan and wife Nigora Bannatyne. The ball which is now in its 7th consecutive year took place at Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo and guests were treated to an entertainment-filled evening, where acts including Nu’Art and White Cats performed.

Modesta Vžesniauskaitė said “The Monaco Ball is very special to us and as a result we have managed to provide vital support for children with disabilities and their families.”

Hundreds of thousands of pounds was raised during the Butterfly Ball’s live auction which was hosted by the BBC’s Bargain Hunt presenter Charlie Ross which showcased one-of-a-kind pieces including The Ice Queen by David Yarrow and Let Them Eat Cake by Bradley Theodore. Guests could also bid on a London to Brighton Veteran Car run with John Caudwell as their driver.

Both events brought together philanthropists and like-minded people where their generosity will ensure that thousands of children across the UK will have access to the charity’s services such as autism services, vital funding for equipment, treatment and therapies.

Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, said: “I am astounded by the generosity shown every year and I am extremely privileged that so many have chosen to put their faith into Caudwell Children and are as passionate about our vision as we are.

“This year alone we have supported thousands of children, developed five new workshops to help families with children who have a disability and we have created a new sensory pack that has been specifically created to help autistic children. These initiatives are only possible because of events like these.”

Caudwell Children’s next Butterfly Ball event will take place on 11th May 2023 in an exhilarating and unique venue in the heart of London.

To show your interest in attending the London Butterfly Ball 2023 or for more information:

For more information please contact:
Sarah Annable – PR Executive

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