One of the UK’s highest-profile fundraising events takes place in London next week and the celebrities will be out in force for the glamorous bash.
British charity, Caudwell Children, stages their Butterfly Ball in the Capital every May and a host of A-List stars turn out to support the charity founded by billionaire philanthropist, John Caudwell.
Following the recent announcement that Brit singer, Robbie Williams, has joined the Charity’s growing list of celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors; it has been revealed that the exclusive guest list for the black tie event will include Bruce Forsyth, Elizabeth Hurley, Joan Collins, Dame Shirley Bassey, Louis Walsh, Penny Lancaster Stewart and a host of stars from stage, screen and sport.
Charity ambassador, singer Rachel Stevens, said:“Caudwell Children is such a wonderful cause. Every pound raised goes directly to the charity which helps to support thousands of children and families right across the UK. It always feels like a big family event at the fundraisers and I feel really honoured to be a part of it and help in any way I can.”
Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, commented on the forthcoming event: “Our annual ball is our largest single fundraising event, last year raising £1.7million to help sick and disabled children. We are very grateful to our celebrity supporters, who help to add some of the glamour to the event and often provide money-can’t-buy auction prizes.”
Two years ago Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, offered to host an exclusive dinner at a top London restaurant for the auction. After a fierce bidding war, two businessmen agreed to share the experience, both paying £100,000 to the children’s charity. This year auction prizes include a holiday on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island resort and an intimate London lunch with singer, Peter André.
The Butterfly Ball is named after 11-year-old Tilly Griffiths who has Spinal Musular Atrophy, she has raised over £1million for the Charity by auctioning pictures of butterflies to buy powered wheelchairs like the one Caudwell Children donated to her.
Other stars expected to walk the red carpet on May 20th in Battersea include Colin Jackson, John Prescott, Sinitta, Mikey Graham, Rachel Stevens, Alesha Dixon, Andrew Cowles, Carl Froch and Frank Lampard.