The 2015 Christmas party season started on Saturday 14th November with a spectacular evening of entertainment - and even more spactacular fundraising!
Our CHILDREN with CANCER Ball raised a record breaking £559,023 to help fight childhood cancer.
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A spectacular evening of entertainment
With the help of our wonderfully generous guests, our annual fundraising ball raised £559,023 towards our work to help children with cancer.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this astounding achievement.
A champagne reception in the stunning Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel put everyone in the perfect mood for this lovely evening.
As ever, there was a spectacular night of entertainment. Our host for the evening was the very funny and extremely irreverent pub landlord, Al Murray. Fantastic tribute acts The Bootleg Beatles and Paul Metcalf as Rod Stewart performed and we danced into the small hours with DJ's The Nextmen and everyone's favourite danceband, Rollacoaster.
With a delicious three course dinner, exclusive auction items and contributions from a host of celebrity guests and stars of the stage and screen, this year’s event was as magical as ever!
The Grand Auction
The Grand Auction is not just an important fundraising moment of our Ball. It's always entertaining and often awe-inspiring.
Lot 110 in our Grand Auction was an opportunity for bidders to provide a very special VIP day out for children with cancer and their families at the wonderful Grand Pier in Weston-Super-Mare. We are so grateful to the Grand Pier for hosting the day.
The generosity of our guests was astounding! They gave £59,450 there and then to sponsor this outing.
A box for eight at Wembley Stadium for families of children with cancer, donated by Tradewise Insurance Company, raised £8,500, while 24 tickets to Disney on Ice for families, donated by Rory Barker, raised £10,000.
An amazing £7,000 was the successful bid to see Status Quo at the O2 Arena while £20,000 secured a premium ski chalet in the Alps. There was also a second bid of £10,000 for a term time week!
It was no surprise that a meet and greet package for next year’s Britain's Got Talent, donated by judge David Walliams, went for £8,000.
You can see full details of all of these prizes by downloading our Prize brochure.
Download our Prize brochure
The Silent Auction
Thank you to all our bidders and to everyone who donated such fantastic prizes. Here's a selection of what there was and how much it raised.
- Five nights at Rickety Bridge Country House, Western Cape, South Africa - £3,100
- A week in Seaview Apartments Grand Cayman - £5,350
- 4 tickets to see 'A League of their Own' - £2,500
- Two tickets to the 10th Monaco Historic Grand Prix - £8,000
- A signed Liverpool Football Club shirt - £1,500
- A Fender guitar signed by Status Quo - £2,000
- A Lewis Hamilton signed shirt - £3,750
You can see the full list of our silent auction prizes and how much they went for on the Prize auction site
Our raffle prize winner
Early in the evening, Pub landlord Al Murray made it his business to tease our guests in his usual inimitable style. When one of our guests answered that he was a scrap metal merchant, Al quipped "You'd crush the car if you won it, wouldn't you?" And lo and behold he did win the car in our raffle. Congratulations Mr Taroni - and we know the car's quite safe with you!
Why your support is important
A complete hush fell over the Great Room as Claire Rumble told us about her son Louis' diagnosis of leukeamia and how it affected her whole family.
You can watch Claire and Louis' story below.
Every day, more than ten children like Louis are diagnosed with cancer. You can read Louis' story here.
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact the Events team at Children with Cancer UK on 020 7404 0808 or send the Events team an email
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