Magical evening raises £200,000 for children and young people with cancer

An evening of magic and mystery at CLIC Sargent’s Fantasy Ball has raised more than £200,000 for the children and young people’s cancer charity.

Magical evening raises £200,000 for children and young people with cancer

The Underglobe in London’s Bankside was transformed into A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the spectacular event on Thursday 6 March.

Guests were treated to a sparkling evening, including musical performances by young cancer survivors who have been supported by CLIC Sargent.

One of the stars of the evening was Sophia Steinsberg, 17, who as well as singing, told a captivated audience about her experience of childhood cancer.

Sophia, who lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was 12 and was supported by a CLIC Sargent Nurse.

She said: “CLIC Sargent was an incredible support for both me and my family during my treatment for an osteosarcoma. They have enabled me to make the transition from treatment, as smoothly as possible.

“Without the footing CLIC Sargent gave me I wouldn’t have dreamed of having the confidence to speak in front of an audience at the Fantasy Ball.”

CLIC Sargent patron actor Duncan Pow spoke on behalf of the charity and encouraged guests to make donations.

Guests were also invited to bid in both live and silent auctions with the top lots including a luxury holiday in Barbados, a chance to visit BT Sport with TV presenter Jake Humphrey and a signed Arsenal shirt.

There was also the chance to buy three unique experiences for a child or young person being supported by CLIC Sargent, including a visit to Britain’s Got Talent live finals.

CLIC Sargent Major Events Manager Sophie Eaton said: “This year’s Fantasy Ball was a fantastic occasion. The venue looked magical and we’re delighted to have raised more than £200,000, which will help support children and young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.

“We’d like to thank the Fantasy Ball committee, our sponsors and those who have donated auction prizes for making the evening such an amazing success.”