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The Children with Cancer UK Ball 2018

We are delighted to report that The Children with Cancer UK Ball 2018 raised over £750,000 to help fight the injustice of cancer in children.

We are grateful to all those who went the extra mile and contributed to this record breaking achievement.

Please take a look at the photos on our Flickr photo site

Photos of the evening

The date for 2019
We’ve already booked the Grosvenor House for next year’s Ball. Please put Saturday 9th November 2019 in your diary.

Please read on for all the news about our 2018 The Children with Cancer UK Ball.

Date & Location

  • The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane London
  • November 9, 2019 7:00 pm
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The Children with Cancer Ball 2018

Anna Richardson, Jon Culshaw and Gaby RoslinAn unforgettable evening

champagne reception in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel gave guests a chance to meet up with friends in this glamourous setting.

Our special guest hosts for the evening were fabulous TV presenters Anna Richardson and Gaby Roslin. Quartet Black Tie Jazz entertained guests during dinner, Reading Gospel Community Choir dazzled guests with an impassioned performance and the wonderful Jon Culshaw provided comedy with his catalogue of impressions. Later Sister Sledge performed their hits including We Are FamilyLost in Music and Thinking about You, with more dancing into the small hours with Rollacoaster.

With a delicious three course dinner, exclusive auction items and contributions from a host of celebrity guests, this year’s event was a truly unforgettable evening.

The Grand Auction

The Grand Auction is not just the most important fundraising part of our Ball, with Auctioneer and former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond, it was also fast and furious and extremely entertaining!

We are enormously grateful to all those who donated such a wonderful selection of prizes, as well as to all our bidders. Here is a selection of those:

  • Two VIP boxes for The Spice Girls at Wembley stadium – £64,000
  • Patient care in the operating theatre – £55,000
  • Tickets for Disney on Ice presents Dream Big at the O2 for families with a child with cancer – £30,000
  • A VIP box for 24 for Take That at the O2 arena – £26,000

The Silent Auction

Highlights included:

  • A 19-day Antarctic cruise for two – £25,500
  • Two VIP box tickets for Anthony Joshua’s next fight – £7,500
  • Four VIP tickets to the darts – £4,000
  • Ten-days in Brackenridge, USA – £5,500
  • Pablo Picasso Verve print – £4,250

Car raffle

One lucky guest went home with a brand new Mini Cooper, very kindly donated by Tradewise, Kingsway Claims and Easidrive.

You can see the whole selection of our prizes by downloading our Prize Brochure pdf   Prize brochure

Why your support is important

Our very special guest, Abbie Myers, talked about her experience of having a child diagnosed with cancer. Her daughter, Bella-Rose was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia just after her 3rd birthday. She suffered a relapse a year into her treatment.


Every day, more than 12 families like Abbie’s get the news that their child has cancer

Read Bella-Rose’s story.


Chair’s Committee

John Athwal BALL

John Athwal

John Athwal set up Premier Decorations in 1988, to import Christmas decorations from China. They now also sell home and outdoor decorations, as well as Halloween paraphernalia, to about 5,000 garden centres, supermarkets and wholesalers.

Joe Carter ball

Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s building company specialises in refurbishment and dilapidations. He also builds country homes in Majorca.  He attended his first Ball in 1989 and was inspired by the courage of the O’Gorman family.

Stephen Haines

Stephen Haines

Stephen Haines (Chair) is Chairman and Founder of Carte Blanche Greetings, the company behind the phenomenally successful ‘Me to You’ Brand and its iconic signature character ‘Tatty Teddy’. Stephen lives in Guernsey with his family and is an accomplished sailor, with plans for a solo Trans-Atlantic adventure in the near future.

Kerry Michael

Kerry Michael

Kerry Michael is co-owner of the landmark Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare, where families of children with cancer are welcomed annually for a fun day. He is also Chairman of AGM Holdings.

Sandra Mileham

Sandra Mileham

Sandra Mileham helped her parents, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, to set up the charity Children with Cancer UK following the death of her brother, Paul and sister, Jean to cancer. She continues as a Trustee.

Gary Mordue

Gary Mordue is Managing Director of Scolmore, a family run business based in the Midlands. Scolmore design, develop and supply an extensive range of products, including electrical accessories, lighting, home automation and security solutions.

Tiba Raja

Tiba Raja

Tiba Raja is one of the pioneers of Market Financial Solutions (MFS), helping the company to become one of the most prominent bridging lenders in the industry. With her husband Paresh Raja, she is a regular at Children with Cancer UK events.

Linda Robson

Linda Robson

Linda Robson has entertained the nation for many years, in roles including Tracey in Birds of a Feather and more recently as a regular panellist of popular ITV talk show, Loose Women. Linda joined the charity’s Board of Trustees in 2005.

Jan Skarbek

Jan Skarbek

Jan Skarbek is Managing Director, Head of UK Investment Banking at Citi. He has over 22 years of investment banking experience, having joined Schroders Investment Banking in 1993, which was subsequently acquired by Citi in 2000.

Rob Templeman

Rob Templeman

Rob Templeman is Chairman of the RAC as well as a Director of Ladbrokes Coral. He has been the Chief Executive of some of the largest companies in the UK, including Debenhams, Homebase, Halfords and Harveys. He was previously a trustee of Children with Cancer UK and chaired the Ball Committee.

Mike Tyler

Mike Tyler

Mike Tyler is Chief Executive of both Tradewise Insurance Services Ltd and Unicom Insurance Services Ltd, having worked in the insurance industry for over thirty years. He is also a non-executive director of two other brokers in North London and in Gibraltar and enjoys playing golf when time allows.

Paul Young

Paul Young

Paul Young shot to fame in 1983 with his multi-platinum album No Parlez. He continues to record and tour, both solo and with his band Los Pacaminos. He also has a passion for food, releasing the cookbook Recipes Found On My Travels and music CD Good Thing.

Organising Committee

Caroline R BALL

Caroline Randerson

Caroline Randerson began fundraising for the charity soon after attending our first Ball in 1988. Since then she has raised almost £700,000, initially through an annual Ball in Surrey, then by helping with Sandro Morelli’s annual Summer Party in Marbella.

John Shannon BALL

John Shannon

John Shannon has mainly worked in the fashion sector, where he has bought and sold a host of companies including Country Casuals, Oasis and Adams Kidswear. John currently owns Ciro Pearls in Mayfair and has extensive interests in film and theatre.

Kay Tott

Kay Tott

Kay became involved with the charity after meeting the O’Gorman family at the opening of the UCL Cancer Institute in September 2007 where Kay is at present the Deputy Institute Manager. It’s great to be part of the team.

Kelly Temple

Kelly Temple

Kelly Temple began his career at the BBC. He moved to Radio Hallam, then Capital Radio, before presenting The Bizz for Thames TV.  He went on to create various successful companies and now retired, he volunteers as a DJ / compere for various charities.

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis is now retired from his business which designed and imported leather products.  He has supported the charity for 25 years. His leisure time is taken up with golf, walking and travelling.

Richard Harley

Richard Harley

Richard Harley is in the nightclub industry, based in the North West. He was first involved with the charity over 20 years ago as a committee member for the Quiz Party, devised by the late Jeremy Beadle. A family man, his hobbies are fast boats, motor racing and casinos.

Tony McHale

Tony McHale

Tony McHale is a writer, director and producer in TV. One of the original writers on EastEnders, he was also co-creator of Holby City, for which he won a BAFTA. Other credits include Silent Witness, Waking the Dead and Dalziel and Pascoe.

Russell Smith Ball

Russell Smith

Russell Smith is Managing Director of Tops Design & Print which started as a general printers in Hackney in 1971. Now based in Rainham, Essex, it has since diversified into a niche packaging company.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Events team

020 7404 0808

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