In the glowing surroundings of the Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm, over 200 guests joined One to One Children’s Fund to celebrate 15 years of the charity’s work at our gala event, Stardust. Looking back at all that has been achieved and towards all that we have still to accomplish, our guests raised a fantastic £250,000 to support some of the world’s most vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa and Greece, with pledges still coming in.
Kindly sponsored by Origin Pictures, the evening began with a film celebrating One to One’s work and our future mountains to climb. Founder David Altschuler spoke of the impact that One to One has made, saving tens of thousands of lives, and of the hope and help that we will continue to bring through our innovative programmes.
Our host, the award-winning journalist Robert Peston, treated guests to a highly insightful commentary on the main challenges that the world faces today and introduced our acts with great humour.
A mesmerising musical performance by Jess Robinson, whose eclectic impressions included Cheryl Cole, Edith Piaf and Julie Andrews singing ‘All About that Bass’ was followed by the hilarious Helen Lederer, who very kindly auctioned her time later in the evening. Jim Broadbent then took to the stage to perform a comedic monologue from his native Yorkshire.
A highly moving film kindly created for Stardust by Chrome Productions illustrated the plight of refugees living in Greece and how we will support the provision of psychosocial care for traumatised children and their families in partnership with Refugee Trauma Initiative.
After dinner, auctioneer Ed Rising oversaw a flurry of bids for the spectacular auction lots, including once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to enjoy drinks with Hugh Bonneville and dinner with Rita Ora! We are so grateful for all the prizes donated and for the messages of support from our Ambassador Naomie Harris and from Rosamund Pike. With Ed’s enthusiastic style and generous bidders both in and out of the room, the auction generated over £75,000, enabling One to One to continue its vital work in transforming the lives of vulnerable children.
To close the evening, the stunning Jamelia took to the stage. Performing some of her biggest hits, she had the room dancing and celebrating with a great sense of togetherness.
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