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Caudwell Children hosted a star-studded Butterfly Ball at Battersea Evolution on Thursday, May 14th, which raised a record breaking £1.7 million ($2.58 million) for the charity.

Numerous celebrities attended the event including Rachel Stevens and Elizabeth Hurley, and Rod Stewart performed some of his greatest hits during an hour-long set.

Elizabeth Hurley at the 2009 Butterfly Ball
Elizabeth Hurley at the 2009 Butterfly Ball
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Elizabeth Hurley

John Caudwell and his partner Claire Johnson at the 2009 Butterfly Ball
John Caudwell and his partner Claire Johnson at the 2009 Butterfly Ball
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Founder John Caudwell and his partner Claire Johnson

Emma Noble
Emma Noble
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Actress, model Emma Noble

Famous guests paid thousands of pounds in a “Destination Dreams” auction, with the money going to fund holidays for sick and disabled children and their families.

Tilly Griffiths, Child Ambassador for Caudwell Children and her sister Candice
Tilly Griffiths, Child Ambassador for Caudwell Children and her sister Candice
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Auction highlights included a week-long stay on Richard Branson's Necker Island resort, which raised £50,000 and a bespoke diamond encrusted Mark Wilkinson jewellery case in the shape of Marilyn Monroe, which raised £90,000. A round of golf with Bruce Forsyth went for £40,000, an opportunity to meet Rod Stewart sold for £18,000 and the WBO Championship Belt from the 1993 fight between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank raised £25,000.

The real stars on the night, though, were nine-year-old Tilly Griffiths, who has spinal muscular atrophy disease and her sister Candice, 11, from Cheddleton, Staffordshire.

The Butterfly Ball was named as a dedication to Tilly, who created a special picture for last year’s ball with Candice. The painting was auctioned and raised £340,000. This year someone paid £860,000 for a new painting by the heroic sisters. Look To The Stars salutes these inspiring young fundraisers.

Photos copyright Richard Barker

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