CLIC Sargent’s annual Fantasy Ball has raised a staggering £210,000 for children and young people living with cancer.
This year, famous faces from the world of art, design, music and TV, including Tracy Emin, Nancy Dell’Olio, Alan Carr, Kelly Hoppen, Pete Tong, Yasmin Mills and Stephen and Assia Webster ascended upon the prestigious, Grade I listed building, ‘One Mayfair’ for the twenties affair themed celebration. Also in attendance were famed Team GB Olympic rowers, Alex Gregory and Alex Partridge.
The 300 special guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and sumptuous three-course dinner, as they bid in the live and silent auction, conducted by Jeff Salmon from the Channel 4 series Four Rooms. A range of amazing lots contributed to the total amount raised, including a priceless Princess Diana signature piece, taken by Lord Snowdon, capturing the Princess with a baby Prince Harry at his christening in 1984.
Entertainment was provided by talented singer/song writer and CLIC Sargent service user, Georgie Vale, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - bone cancer in her wrist, six years ago. Georgie’s moving performance brought the house down and reinforced the work the charity do to improve the lives of children and young people with cancer, from the point of diagnosis onwards.
Commenting on the success of the charity fundraising event, host for the evening Gaby Roslin said: “This year the money raised could run the charity’s newest Home from Home facility in London for a whole year. ‘Paul’s House’ is a life line for parents so they can they stay close to their children whilst they are receiving treatment in hospital. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who came along to support the charity and contributed to the event being a huge success.”
Money raised at the Fantasy Ball will be used to fund CLIC Sargent’s work across the UK supporting children and young people with cancer and their families.