The 2016 Christmas party season started on Saturday 12th November with a spectacular evening of entertainment - and even more spectacular fundraising!
A record fundraising success, our Children with Cancer Ball raised over £610,000 to help fight childhood cancer.
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Date for Children with Cancer Ball 2017
A spectacular evening of entertainment
Thanks to our wonderfully generous guests, our annual fundraising ball raised over £610,000 towards our work to help children with cancer.
We are so very grateful to all those who contributed to this terrific achievement.
A champagne reception in the stunning Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel gave guests a chance to meet up with friends in this glamourous setting.
Our Host and Auctioneer for the evening was the wonderful Jonny Gould. Alan Beck serenaded guests with Rat Pack songs during dinner, including a nod to Christmas with Let it Snow! After dinner, the stunning Saira Luther sang some beautiful operatic arias and the very funny Jack Whitehall entertained us and hosted our ever-popular Heads and Tails game. Björn Again performed ABBA’s hits and we danced into the small hours with everyone's favourite dance band, 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!
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The Grand Auction
The Grand Auction is not just the most important fundraising part of our Ball, but with Auctioneer Jonny Gould it was also fast and furious and extremely entertaining!
One lot 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. This lot alone raised £60,000. We are so grateful to the Grand Pier for hosting the day.
A box at Wembley Stadium for an England friendly game, donated by Rob Templeman for families with a child with cancer, raised £20,000, while 20 tickets to Disney on Ice for families with a child with cancer, donated by Rory Barker, raised £13,000.
An amazing £12,000 was the successful bid for a holiday in South Africa donated by Steppes Travel, while two guests were able to secure a bespoke Saville Row suit and style consultation for £11,000 thanks to long term supporter Jeff Banks.
A made-to-measure dress designed by Ben de Lisi was also donated twice and raised a wonderful total of £31,000.
You can see full details of all of these prizes by downloading our Prize brochure.
Download our Prize brochure
Our raffle prize winner
It's a small world! Mark John, who won the car in the raffle, was there on the day when Princess Diana inaugurated our charity. He was at school with Paul O'Gorman and is the boy in the middle of the photograph. You can read more about Paul and the history of our charity here.
Watch our video of the evening
The Silent Auction
We are enormously grateful to all those who donated such a wonderful selection of prizes, as well as to all our bidders. Here is just a small selection of those:
- A week for six in Seaview Apartments Grand Cayman - £12,000
- A week for two at the Four Seasons, Cyprus - £4,500
- Two tickets to see the XFactor show live - £1,500
- Four tickets to see ‘Loose Women’ being filmed - £3,250
- A pair of kids quad bikes - £5,000
- A Liverpool signed shirt - £1,015
You can see the full list of our silent auction prizes and how much they went for on the Prize auction site
Scroll past the main auction items to see the silent auction items.
Why your support is important
A complete hush fell over the Great Room as Laura Seabright told us about her family’s experience when her daughter Phoebe was diagnosed with cancer. You can watch their story story below.
Every day, more than ten children like Phoebe are diagnosed with cancer. You can read Phoebe's 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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