A Formula 1 car driven by Lotus F1 team member Jerome D’Ambrosio will open this year’s Grand Prix Ball, the glittering annual event which raises funds for CLIC Sargent.
The Lotus will go for a short spin in the 42 acres of magnificent grounds of the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, which is hosting the Ball on Thursday 5 July.
Celebrities Chris Hollins and Patsy Palmer will be attending the event at the Georgian clubhouse. Music will be provided by singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and former F1 driver Eddie Jordan’s band will be playing.
Artist Paul Oz will be repeating his breath-taking live portrait painting at this year’s ball. Last year his portrait of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was auctioned for £6,000.
The star of the auction this year is the chance to drive the two-seater F1 Lotus. A Henry Matisse lithograph, and other paintings, will also be part of the auction.
All the proceeds will go to CLIC Sargent, so that children and young people and their families can access clinical, emotional and practical support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
Guests will have a chance to see a display of historic racing cars as well as the latest models. The Lotus F1 team car will provide a dazzling display of ‘engine music’ – playing the national anthem by revving the engine as the call for dinner.
“We are happy to support CLIC Sargent and we look forward to seeing you on the evening for a night full of entertainment, fine dining and Grand Prix cars,” said Jonny Dodge, CEO of GP Management, the organisers of the Ball.
“On behalf of CLIC Sargent, and the children and young people we look after, I would like to say a very big thank you to the organisers and wish everyone who attends the Grand Prix Ball a lovely evening,” said Lucy Caldicott, CLIC Sargent Director of Fundraising.