A host of stars joined 350 guests on Friday 10 November, to show their support for The Shooting Star Ball, in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The children’s hospice charity supports babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across Surrey, south-west London and north-west London.
Now in its 19th year, the annual event, took place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, hosted by Jackie and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, who celebrate their 20th year as Patrons. Guests were entertained by a surprise performance from Britain’s Got Talent 2023 winner Viggo Venn; with Rob Lamberti performing as George Michael in tribute to the late singer’s 60th birthday. The highlight of the night came from Rick Astley, performing with his band, with an amazing performance of his hit songs.
Vice-President’s Dame Joan Collins DBE and Tony Hadley MBE, also celebrating their 20th year with the charity, spoke on stage on how much the charity means to them and both donated fantastic gifts for the live auction. Although unable to be there due to filming commitments, Vice-President Simon Cowell and Patron Lauren Silverman joined the evening via video link from LA to talk about their commitment to the charity. Also in attendance on the night were Julian Clary, Dutch sensation Rene Froger and Julie Forsyth, whose father Sir Bruce Forsyth was the first person to host an event for the charity 20 years ago.
Guests enjoyed a three-course ‘winter warmer’ dinner, before taking part in a money-can’t-buy auction hosted by auctioneer Charlie Ross. Auction prizes included a special ‘Mamma Mia’ prize and flying on a private jet to Paris to join Dame Joan Collins for lunch.
Karen Sugarman MBE, Executive Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said:
“The Shooting Star Ball is always a very special evening where we are able to come together to raise vital funds for the families who need our support. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed with the generosity of every single guest. Without whom, we simply would not be able to provide the vital care to children and families facing unimaginable circumstances.”
Paul Farthing, Chief Executive of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said:
“It’s been a phenomenal evening and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone involved in making such an extraordinary event possible. It’s great to be able to come together and highlight how vitally important their continued support is, in order for us to be there for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, now and long into the future.”
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