TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, former Conservative Party leader and Hospice UK Vice President, the Rt. Hon Lord Howard of Lympne and his wife Lady Sandra Howard and actress Richendra Carey were among the guests at a Gala Dinner to mark Hospice UK’s 35th anniversary.
The event - held at The Savoy Hotel in central London - celebrated the difference that hospice care has made to the lives of so many people with life limiting conditions and their families over the last three and half decades. It also looked ahead to the increasing role that hospice care will need to play in the future to support the needs of more people living for longer with complex health conditions.
The evening, which was organised by Merrill Powell, Chair of the London Fundraising Committee, kicked off with a champagne reception, followed by a delicious three-course meal with wine, live entertainment and a silent auction.
Its prizes on offer included: the chance to see superstar songstress Ariana Grande in concert, win a week’s holiday in a villa in Portugal or an overnight stay for two at luxury health spa resort Champneys and dinner for four at Mosimann’s Club, one of the most prestigious dinning clubs in the world.
Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said:
“Our gala dinner was an evening of glamour and glitz and the silent auction proved to be a big hit with our guests.
“We were delighted to hold this event to celebrate the extraordinary care provided by hospices across the UK to people with life-limiting conditions and their families. We are so grateful to Merrill Powell and the rest of the London Fundraising Committee for all their hard work in helping us to organise this fantastic event.”
The event raised a total of £85K, which will go towards the work of Hospice UK supporting hospices across the UK.
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. It works to ensure all adults and children living with a terminal or life-shortening illness receive the care and support they need, when they need it.
- Hospice UK supports 210 hospices across the UK which care for over 200,000 adults and children every year
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk
- 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
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