TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford and Downton Abbey script writer and novelist Julian Fellowes were among the celebrity guests at a glamorous gala dinner in aid of Hospice UK to mark the 50th anniversary of modern hospice care.
They attended the event at The Savoy Hotel in central London yesterday evening, which was organised by Hospice UK’s newly formed London Fundraising Committee, chaired by Merrill Powell.
Guests, who included influential people from business, politics and the arts, enjoyed an elegant evening starting with a champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous four course meal and dancing.
Musical entertainment was provided by Raff and Remedies; a five piece band who put their own soul/funk spin on classic and unexpected tracks from the 1940s to present day. The band’s members have performed for and alongside a range of leading artists including Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Lily Allen in venues across the country such as Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Café and Wembley.
Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK, attended the event with his wife Lady Sandra Howard and gave a speech highlighting Hospice UK’s work to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care receives it.
As the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK champions and supports the work of more than 220 hospices which provide vital care to around 200,000 people across the UK each year and also support for their families.
All funds raised from the gala dinner will support the work of Hospice UK, helping ensure that hospices continue to provide their vital services in future and that everyone who needs hospice care is able to get it.
The charity has raised £135K overall from the event, including from tables sold, sponsorship and pledges made on the night by guests.
Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said:
“It was a wonderful evening and the atmosphere was amazing. We are delighted to have been involved in this prestigious event to mark the 50th anniversary of the modern hospice movement and celebrating how hospice care, with its highly compassionate, person-centred approach, has transformed care for people with life-limiting conditions.
“As we look to the next 50 years we want to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care gets hospice care. Funds raised from our gala dinner will support Hospice UK’s work to expand the reach of hospice care and ensure that many more terminally ill people are supported to live well until the end of their lives.
“We are immensely grateful to Merrill for all her dedication and support in organising this event.”
Merrill Powell added:
"Our first event was a great success. There will be many more. We are very proud to work alongside the events team supporting the extraordinary work of Hospice UK."
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews
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