A host of stars joined 450 guests on Friday 8th November to show their support for The Shooting Star Ball, raising money for children with life-limiting conditions across London and Surrey in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
The annual event, which took place at The Royal Lancaster, Hyde Park, celebrated it’s crystal anniversary – 15 phenomenal years of the ball, which to date has raised an amazing £3 million for the children’s hospice charity since its launch in 2004.
The evening was hosted by Julian Clary, with special guest performer Rick Astley, who has been a supporter of the charity since 2002. There was also a surprise performance from Susie Vanner with her new single Walk on the Wildside.
The entertainment was enjoyed by Vice-President of the charity Simon Cowell, together with his partner and Patron of the charity Lauren Silverman. Other guests included Louis Walsh, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth and Heart FM presenters Fia Tarrant and Sian Welby.
Guests enjoyed a classic Friday fish and chip supper, before taking part in a money-can’t-buy auction which included VIP tickets to London’s best loved musical Mamma Mia! with a holiday to Greece, an evening for four as Ant & Dec’s guests to Saturday Night Takeaway and Vice-President of the charity, Dame Joan Collins, donated a beautiful crystal tiara she wore at this year’s Met Ball and her dress worn in the latest Charlotte Tilbury advert, together with a special Charlotte Tilbury studio day. There was also a money-can’t-buy prize donated by Robbie Williams.
The Ball was held in memory of Patron Martin Davis, who for the last 14 years had made a major contribution to The Shooting Star Ball. His wife Alison was joined by all her family at the event and is now a Patron of the charity, continuing Martin’s legacy.
Simon Cowell, Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, said: “The Shooting Star Ball is something I look forward to every year. What the team at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices do to support the children and their families is beyond incredible and it’s such a privilege to support their brilliant work.”
Karen Sugarman, Executive Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said: “I am so proud to celebrate our crystal anniversary and would like to thank everyone involved in making it such a special night and to thank my fellow Vice-President’s, Patrons and every guest who attended and contributed to the many incredible auction prizes. Without their support we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the vital care and support to children and families facing the unimaginable.”
Nigel Harding, Chief Executive of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It was such an extraordinary evening and a huge thank you goes to The Royal Lancaster for hosting, and all those involved for making such a wonderful event happen. It was a real honour to be able to celebrate 15 years of The Shooting Star Ball with so many special people and more importantly raise as much money and awareness as we can in order to provide the care so desperately needed to families we support.”