Charity beneficiaries steal the show as charity celebrates 21st birthday in style
Children and families who have been supported by Caudwell Children during the charity’s 21-year history were the stars of an entertainment-filled evening at The Roundhouse in Camden, which raised £1.5million for the charity and also featured a rousing performance by the musical icon, Boy George.
The Butterfly Ball is Caudwell Children’s annual flagship fundraising event and helps to fund the services and support the charity offers to disabled children across the UK.
Founded by philanthropist John Caudwell in 2000, Caudwell Children celebrated 21 years at The Roundhouse, with more than 500 guests enjoying an evening of cabaret style entertainment at the North London venue.
Keynote speeches from the charity’s Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, and Founder, John Caudwell, left the audience in no doubt of the incredible impact the charity has had on the lives of thousands of disabled children and families since its inception.
Personal messages of support from the like of Sir Rod and Lady Penny Stewart, Peter Andre, Jack Grealish, The Duchess of York and a special video from the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, added to the excitement on the night.
Also, in attendance were Caudwell Children ambassadors Christine McGuiness and Emily Andre, Paralympians Sir Lee Pearson CBE and Hollie Arnold MBE and charity supporters Duncan and wife Nigora Bannatyne.
The generosity of attendees will ensure that thousands of children benefit from the charity’s autism services, and funding for life-changing equipment, treatment and therapies.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds was raised during the Butterfly Ball’s live auction, hosted by well-known BBC auctioneer Charlie Ross, which showcased incredible artwork by world-renowned artists including a diamond-dusted piece by Genesis The Grey Kid, and Keeping up with the Crouches piece by David Yarrow.
Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, said:
“Since 2000 we’ve supported more than 60,000 children and families from right across the UK – while also trying our best to provide a platform for disabled children.
“But, in reality, that’s only really scratching the surface because there are so many more children in the UK that need extra support.
“The incredible generosity of everyone who attended this year’s Butterfly Ball will help us to make that possible.
“After a tough couple of years, it means so much to us to be able to celebrate all that we have achieved in 21 years.
“More importantly, it also gave us a chance to set out how much more there is to achieve. Thank you to everyone who supports Caudwell Children.”
The event was backed by headline sponsor construction giant Careys and children’s book series Grumbalina. Re-live our 21st birthday celebrations photo gallery.
Caudwell Children’s attentions now turn to the 2022 Butterfly Ball which will take place at the Roundhouse on 7 July.
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