Across the Pond: Together For Short Loves Midsummer Charity Ball (PICS)

From across the pond…

Midsummer Ball raises over £290,000 (over $420k) for UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives

Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain's Got Talent at Together for Short Lives  via Fashion Bomb Daily
Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain’s Got Talent at Together for Short Lives
via Fashion Bomb Daily

A star studded Midsummer Ball at Banqueting House for UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, raised a staggering £290,000 in support of the charity’s work with seriously ill children and their families. The Midsummer Ball took place on Wednesday 1 June and was supported by Coutts.

Together for Short Lives’ special guests experienced a magical midsummer night to remember, enjoying a champagne reception, dining on an elegant and sumptuous menu. James Toseland and Melanie Sykes were the Ball’s hosts for the night, introducing talent from Gabrielle Aplin, Ella Henderson and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Beau Dermott. Following an evening of stellar performances, Ball guests danced the night away with Soul II Soul, including the legendary 80s club classic Back to Life (I’m totally a fan!!).

Simon Cowell said: “For a number of years I have had the privilege of being able to work closely with Together For Short Lives and seen what incredible work they do. Getting to meet and know the families makes you realise what an incredible job each hospice does. They provide comfort and support and invaluable medical care from the most amazing team of people. A visit to one of the hospices will change your life. It did to mine.”

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The organization supports the important work with the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-shortening conditions. The Ball has raised a staggering £290,000, and these vital funds will help children and families to have the lifeline support they need so they can make every moment count.

The charity auction raising funds to support  Together for Short Lives work for children and families included a slice of musical history – 1D and the Beatles collection, a Harrods personal shopping day and exclusive Princess Yachts behind-the-scenes experience, a bespoke Aspinal of London handbag and – the star attraction – a once in a life-time Supercar experience with Simon Cowell (That sounds like quite the experience – I wonder what that would look like).

The Midsummer Ball guests saw the premiere of Together for Short Lives new animation called Through My Eyes about the reality of caring for a child with a complex and unpredictable life-shortening condition and how this changes family life. It tells the story of why families need round the clock care and support so they can make the most of every moment together. Through My Eyes has been designed and developed especially for the Midsummer Ball by the creative animation studio The Like Minded, at no cost to the charity.

About Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is a UK wide charity that  speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives.  They help children and their families to access specialist children’s palliative care services when and where they need it. The organization provides information so families know where to go for support and have the help they need to make the right choices about their child’s care.

Together with everyone who provides care and support to these children and families, they are here to help them have as fulfilling lives as possible and the very best care at the end of life. They can’t change the diagnosis, but they can help children and families make the most of their time together.

Thanks to the Fashion Bomb Daily for putting this event on my radar.

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Photo Credit: Claire Williams Photography


Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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