Stars help raise over £1.6 million for children’s charity
Peter Andre, Chaka Khan and Leona Lewis were among the guests at a glamorous charity ball in London last night which raised £1.632,475 for the national charity, Caudwell Children.
The charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families, hosted their annual Butterfly Ball, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane and over 800 guests enjoyed a glamorous evening of entertainment and fundraising.
The evening started with a musical performance by the electro-classical project SYMPHONIACS, who played an inspirational fusion of classical music and hot dance tunes through their ensemble of violinists, cellists and pianists.
Joint headline acts for the evening were Leona Lewis, the British singing sensation who has sold over 20 million records, and ten-time GRAMMY Award winning legend Chaka Khan.
In the audience supporting the event were a host of celebrities, including Lady Wilnelia Forsyth; the singer, actress and television personality, Michelle Heaton; Dragons Den star, Duncan Bannatyne; former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight boxing world champion Chris Eubank and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.
The evening’s exclusive auction, which was hosted by renowned charity auctioneer, Charlie Ross, contributed to the staggering sum for the charity founded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell.
Lots on offer in the exclusive auction included, amongst others, a limited edition signed print, The Birth Of Venus, by Salvador Dali, a Formula 1 package to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, including a private party on an exclusive 125ft party yacht, and the guitar used by Ed Sheeran to serenade his newly married bride, Cherry, on their honeymoon.
Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the lives of disabled children living in the UK through a range of services. Since 2000 the charity has provided over £43 million worth of support to over 45,000 children, with over 652 medical conditions, across the UK.
Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “We are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests here this evening. This money is more important than ever as the demand for our support increases.
“This is a huge year for the charity as we have recently moved into our new, state of the art headquarters, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre. This is the first purpose built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
“The money from this evening’s event will enable us to touch the lives of thousands of disabled children and those with autism. I can’t thank everyone who donated tonight enough.”
For more information about Caudwell Children services visit the web page here.