A host of special guests, including Hospice UK ambassadors Simon Callow CBE and Martine McCutcheon, raised £107,000 at Hospice UK’s Gala Dinner, which will help ensure hospice care for more people who need it.


The event, which was hosted at The Savoy on Tuesday 12th October, featured a speech by actor and director, Simon Callow CBE, as well as a silent auction with prizes including a movie poster signed by Sir Michael Caine; an exclusive weekend stay at the historic Antony House, Cornwall with dinner and golf; and a private plane ride.

Hospice UK’s vital work through the pandemic helped ensure the work of more than 200 hospices around the country could continue as traditional fundraising dried up.

With funding from Hospice UK, the Mary Stevens Hospice's No Barriers Here project used arts workshops to help people with learning disabilities to be involved in important conversations about their own end of life care.

"The pandemic has really highlighted the crucial role hospices play for people at the end of life, and their families."

Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation
A photo from the 2021 Hospice UK Gala Dinner

With people with a learning disability more likely to die at a younger age, and also frequently experiencing inadequate or poorly coordinated care, the project is an example of Hospice UK’s mission to ensure everyone, no matter their background or circumstances, gets the end of life care they need.

Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said: “The evening was a huge success, and thanks to the generosity of those who attended, we raised an amazing £107,000, which will go a long way to make sure people across the UK with life-limiting conditions, and those nearing the end of life, get the care they need.

“The pandemic has really highlighted the crucial role hospices play for people at the end of life, and their families.  Hospice UK continues to support hospices across the country, alongside the NHS, to make sure people get the care they need, now and into the future.

"Without support and donations from the public, this essential work could not continue."


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Hospice UK is the national charity working for those experiencing dying, death and bereavement. We work for the benefit of people affected by death and dying, collaborating with our hospice members and other partners who work in end of life care. Our hospice members influence and guide our work to put people at the centre of all we do.

We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, where they are or why they are ill, should receive the best possible care at the end of their life.