Miss Joan Collins OBE brought some much needed Christmas cheer to families supported by Shooting Star Chase on Sunday (21 December) by serving up an exclusive breakfast at Selfridges in London.
The international superstar spent time with families and handed out presents in The Corner Restaurant in Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street.
“Christmas is a magical time, and a time for family unity so I thought it would be wonderful to put on something for the families to enjoy and remember. Christmas is very special, it’s a time when families unite and try to do nice things for other people.”
“I think they loved being here, the children loved Santa, loved getting their presents, and they were very very appreciative.”
Selfridges gave the children an added surprise by arranging a visit from Father Christmas who handed out personalised gifts.
“Selfridges opened their doors for us and were very kind in laying on this wonderful brunch on one of their busiest days of the year.”
Miss Collins also gave an insight into her own family Christmas and who does the cooking on the big day.
“You can’t move for decorations in my house. I’ve had a lovely florist called Neill Strain come in to do the garlands over the mantelpieces and a centrepiece for the coffee table, but I have done the tree and put up a lot of decorations in my home. My daughter is arriving with her children, and my son will be over with his girlfriend and we’ll have a big family Christmas with the turkey and everything around the table.”
She added that husband Percy will be slaving away in the kitchen in their London home on Christmas Day. “He insists on doing the cooking on Christmas Day. But I am making the Spaghetti Bolognese for Christmas Eve.”
The breakfast was the latest in a series of generous activities Miss Collins has put on as patron of Shooting Star Chase. She regularly donates clothes from her personal wardrobe to the charity’s retail shops and has appeared on Celebrity Deal or No Deal and Celebrity Who wants to be a Millionaire to raise money for the charity.
“There are so many hundreds of thousands of charities and I chose a long time ago to make children’s charities my first choice and Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice particularly does so much to help families who have children with life-limiting conditions, and they get so little help from the government.”