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The Children with Cancer UK Ball 2018

Join us to be part of this evening of spectacular entertainment and fundraising at the Children with Cancer Ball 2018. Help us raise vital funds to save the lives of every child with cancer and keep their families together.

With a fabulous line up of entertainment, a champagne reception, a delicious three course dinner, exclusive auction items and a host of celebrity guests, this year’s event promises to be as fabulous as ever.

Tables and tickets are now available to purchase on the form below. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at the Ball please contact the special events team.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s headline band will be the legendary Sister Sledge!

They will be joined on the night by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw!

Date & Location

  • The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane London
  • November 10, 2018

Contact Details

Line up

Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge are undisputedly one of the most iconic female groups of all time. They became a household name with the blockbuster release of the album We Are Family, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Following He’s The Greatest Dancer, came the album’s title track, We Are Family which skyrocketed the group in to the musical stratosphere. The hit songs Lost in music, Thinking of You and All American Girls followed.

Over the years, the group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of over 15,000,000 worldwide. Sister Sledge has earned over 100 awards and commendations.

We are delighted that they will be joining us to perform for guests this year.

Jon Culshaw

Jon Culshaw is warmly regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist with a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Barack Obama, Alan Carr, John Bishop and Michael McIntyre.

His multiple TV credits include Spitting Image, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, The Royal Variety Performance, and ITV2’s animated topical sketch show Newzoids.


Gold advertising package @ £5,000

Each gold page of advertising includes one table of 10 in a prime position, five bottles of champagne and a gift for each guest. Your advertisement will appear in a prominent position in the event brochure and be shown at least 10 times on screens throughout the evening.

Silver advertising package @ £3,500

Each silver page of advertising includes one table of 10 in a good position and three bottles of champagne. Your advertisement will appear in the event brochure and be shown at least 10 times on screens throughout the evening.

Table/s of 10 @ £1,950

Ticket/s @ £195.00

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Please be aware guests under 18 years old will not be admitted.

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The Children with Cancer Ball 2017

Thanks to our wonderfully generous guests, our annual fundraising ball raised over £600,000 towards our work to help children with cancer.

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.

Singer Spenser serenaded guests during dinner and after dinner, Saira Luther and Robin Bailey sang some beautiful operatic arias, ending with a rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country  which had everyone on their feet.  The wonderful Hal Cruttenden provided comedy and later The Drifters performed their hits, with more dancing into the small hours with everyone’s favourite dance band, Rollacoaster.

The Grand Auction

The Grand Auction is not just the most important fundraising part of our Ball,  it was also fast and furious and extremely entertaining!

An amazing £35,000 was raised thanks to the Teasdale family’s donation of special mattresses and a box for eight to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley in June 2018, donated by Tradewise Insurance, raised £20,000.

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 year’s supply of lingerie from Boux Avenue
  • Boxing gloves signed by Chris Eubank & Chris Eubank Jnr
  • Four seats in the Chairman’s box for a Saracens home game
  • Four tickets to see ‘Loose Women’ being filmed

Our raffle prize winner

One very happy guest went home knowing they had won a brand new Mini, very kindly donated by Tradewise, Kingsway Claims and Easidrive.

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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