A host of stars including Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman, Dame Joan Collins, Tony Hadley MBE, Brenda Blethyn, Leigh Francis and Julian Clary came together on Friday 12th November to show their support for The Shooting Star Ball, in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

The annual event, which took place at The Royal Lancaster, made a welcome return after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. The evening was hosted by Ben Shephard, with guest performers and by our Vice-President Tony Hadley, performing with his band.

400 guests including the our Patron’s Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen enjoyed a three-course winter warmer dinner, before taking part in a money-can’t-buy auction hosted by Bargain Hunt’s Charlie Ross.

Auction prizes included an exclusive dine ‘in style’ with our Vice-President Dame Joan Collins, and a round of golf with Patron and iconic actor Philip Glenister and award-winning writer of Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio.

Simon Cowell, Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, said: “The annual Shooting Star Ball is a very important event. I am thrilled we are able to bring it back this year after having to cancel it last year because of the pandemic. This is a night to remind people what the team at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices do to support the children and their families. It is quite amazing.”

Now in its 16th year, The Shooting Star Ball has raised more than £3 million for us since its launch in 2004.

Karen Sugarman MBE, Executive Vice-President of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said: “The Shooting Star Ball is always a wonderful evening and is extra special this year to be able to come together after such a challenging time for us all. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed with the generosity from our incredible Vice-President’s, Patrons, and guests. Without whom, we simply would not be able to provide the vital care and support to children and families facing unimaginable circumstances.”

Paul Farthing, Chief Executive of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It was an extraordinary evening and I’d like to thank The Royal Lancaster for hosting, and all those involved for making such a wonderful event happen. The last 18 months have been a challenging time for everyone, so it’s been great to come together at The Shooting Star Ball with so many special people, celebrate the work we do and as importantly, raise the funds we need to help support families and children with life-limiting conditions.”