Last night I was lucky enough to attend the annual CLIC Sargent Fantasy Ball, an incredibly decadent 1920s affair held in aid of the remarkable children’s cancer charity.
This much-anticipated event raises thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent every year, allowing them to continue to support young cancer sufferers and their families throughout the UK.
Hosted by the stunning Gaby Roslin, the evening included speeches from patrons and friends, an auction, which saw a never-before-seen photograph of Princess Diana and her son Harry raise £12,000, a delicious dinner, dancing and – perhaps my favourite part of the evening – a superb musical performance by 19-year-old singer/songwriter Georgie Vale.
Georgie was diagnosed with a cancerous bone tumour in her wrist at the age of 13 and following intensive rounds of chemotherapy and two major surgeries, is now in long term recovery and is working towards a career in music.
If last night’s performance was anything to go by – I saw more than one spectator dabbing away tears with their napkin! – it won’t be very long before her hauntingly beautiful songs are being played by radio stations across the country. But if you can’t wait that long, make sure you head over to her YouTube channel to sample her songs.
All in all the night was a roaring success, raising – at last count! – over £200,000 for CLIC Sargent.
To add to that incredible sum and to read more about the amazing work that CLIC Sargent does for young cancer sufferers and their families, you can visit their website here.