Magical night raises £350,000
Together for Short Lives Nutcracker-inspired Ball raised vital funds to help support their work with seriously ill children and their families. In total the Ball, which was supported by their generous partner Disney UK, and hosted by their Patron Simon Cowell, raised the mighty sum £350,000.
The Nutcracker Ball was held in aid of families facing the heartbreak of knowing their child will die young. Taking place at One Marylebone in London, it was a spectacular night of Disney Magic, inspired by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Compered by Jordan Banjo, guests including Peter and Emily Andre, Melanie Sykes, Lance Corporal Richard Jones, Kristina Rhianoff and Googlebox stars Stephanie and Dom Parker, joined Simon Cowell and his partner Lauren Silverman for a sumptuous feast created by award winning chef Aldo Zilli. Guests were then treated to a live performance from James Arthur, and danced the night away to DJs The Mac Twins.
An inspirational speech
Guests also heard from very special guest Carly Hadman, a mum who lost her daughter Effie to Late Infantile Batten Disease when she was just six-years old. “Together for Short Lives were there for us when we felt lost,” Carly told guests. “They were there to listen, to help find the care that was right for Effie and our family, and connecting us with other families through their safe online forum. It helped us feel less isolated and alone. Having Together for Short Lives’ help is priceless.”
Carly’s speech touched a nerve with guests in the room, whose generosity helped us raise £350,000 from the evening, including individual pledges to support the Helpline, which provides a first port of call for families and carers of children with life-limiting conditions and complex medical care needs.
Facts taken from Together for Short Lives
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