Stars of the stage and screen, as well as members of the hospitality industry and charitable supporters, turned out for a glittering charity gala on 24 July. The event, which took place at the exclusive The Waldorf Hilton in Covent Garden, was held to raise much needed funds for The Foundation and Young Epilepsy. Young Epilepsy is the only UK-wide charity exclusively supporting the 112,000 children and young people aged 25 and under with epilepsy and their families.
Party goers including TV presenter Brenda Emmanus and actor Christopher Biggins were welcomed to a champagne reception sponsored by Pernod Ricard in the Waldorf’s beautiful Palm Court with drinks and sumptuous canapés prepared by General Manager Alison Palin’s team. They were then whisked off to see West End smash hit musical “Beautiful, the Carol King Musical” at the Aldwych theatre.
After enjoying the show, guests returned to enjoy a delicious three course dinner, and took part in an auction for wonderful prizes including a 3 night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian and VIP tickets to the Six Nations England vs Wales fixture. After dinner guests were treated to more musical entertainment by West End stars Mark Adams and George Long who sang classic Rat Pack hits. The evening raised over £30,000.
Christopher Biggins, Patron of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People said:
“I’m so delighted to be able to support this event, the proceeds of which will go on to help transform the lives of many disadvantaged young people and children. I feel very passionately about this cause and hope that tonight raises a lot of money!”
Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation said:
“We’re so grateful once again to the team at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel for supporting us. Events like these make the work we do to help disadvantaged children and young people around Europe possible, and we hope that our guests had as great an evening as we did.”