Kate Winslet helped host a very special charity fundraising dinner on Saturday, and surprised those present by donating the dress she was wearing to the cause.

The actress is a celebrity ambassador for the charity Cardboard Citizens, which changes the lives of homeless and displaced people in the UK through theatre and the performing arts.

The charity’s bi-annual Fundraising Dinner on the 19th of March, 2011 at Christ Church Spitalfields raised proceeds to help the company secure a much needed new home. The evening raised a huge £124,000.

Kate Winslet at Cardboard Citizens Charity Event
Kate Winslet at Cardboard Citizens Charity Event

The event follows the inaugural dinner event which Kate Winslet hosted in 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental that also raised over £100,000.

“For me the highlight of a wonderful evening was hearing the ex-homeless performers’ stories told as theatre, and then meeting their actors downstairs – everyone was beaming with a sense of achievement, that’s what Cardboard Citizens does so well,” said Kate.

Find out more about this wonderful charity here.

Photo: CardboardCitizens.org.uk.

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