Children with Cancer UK Ball raises more than £700,000

The Children with Cancer UK Ball saw over 800 guests, including Martin Freeman and Nicola Roberts, come together on 12 November at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to raise funds for specialist childhood cancer research.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter, Gaby Roslin, the fundraising event welcomed over 800 guests and raised over £700,000 to help fund the charity’s ground-breaking research into the treatment and causes of childhood cancers.

Famous faces including Wakanda Forever and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, TV broadcaster and presenter Vanessa Feltz, Olympian Paula Radcliffe and choreographer Dame Arlene Philips showed their support at this year’s Children with Cancer UK Ball, which returned to London’s Grosvenor House following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Also in attendance were Michelle Collins, Angellica Bell, Denise Lewis, Grace Dent, Colin Jackson, Christian Vit, Michael Gunning, April Banbury and Vicki Michelle.

The evening hosted an exclusive live performance from a children’s choir, involving 9 young cancer survivors aged between 6 and 12 years old, with some of their siblings, who sang a unique rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You. The choir was supported by Nadia Sheikh and students from Anglia Ruskin University.

Offering a spectacular evening of fundraising and entertainment, guests at the Children with Cancer UK Ball also enjoyed live music performances from pop legends Lulu and Bananarama.

Lulu opened the evening’s live entertainment with a rousing set, singing hit songs from her 60-year career including Shout and Relight My Fire. 80s pop stars Bananarama, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, then took to the stage for a hit-filled performance including fan favourites Venus and Cruel Summer. The night came to a close with an exclusive VIP after-party with DJ Brandon Block at the decks.

Jo Elvin, CEO of Children with Cancer UK, said:

The funds raised from this year’s Ball will help to fund vital scientific research into childhood cancers and provide crucial ongoing support for young cancer patients and their loved ones, and we’re delighted that the money raised will make an immediate impact for children and their families across the UK.

Survival for children’s cancers is improving and has more than doubled in the UK since the 1970s. However, there are still around 4,500 new cancer cases in children and young people in the UK every year.

The funds raised at the Children with Cancer UK Ball will support specialist childhood cancer research to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of children with cancer.


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About Children with Cancer UK:

Children with Cancer UK is a leading children’s cancer charity dedicated to raising and investing funds into vital specialist research to save the lives of children with cancer. Our mission is to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients and to find ways to prevent cancer in the future. What began as a small memorial charity in 1988, has evolved into a major force raising more than £250 million and investing in over 200 research projects to help fight the injustice of cancer in children.

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