World-class art, world-famous venue, and wonderful support

by Thomas Walshaw

Last month, we held our biggest ever fundraising event at the world-famous Savoy Hotel. Tickets to our Gala Ball were snapped up swiftly and we welcomed over 240 of our supporters to a fabulous evening in celebration of our 56-year history. Read on to find out how much we raised to help us create happier and healthier people in care…

The ball began with a dazzling champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner, dancing to live music from the renowned Jazz Dynamos, and both a live and a silent auction, where guests battled for the chance to win exquisite prizes and unique experiences.

Our live auction featured lots by some of Britain’s most important artists (and some of our wonderful Patrons), including: Sir Howard Hodgkin, Maggi Hambling, Ian Davenport, Colin Hayes, and Nicola Green. Our silent auction offered some incredible holidays, unique fashion items, artist prints, and money-can’t-buy experiences.

We'd like to thank everyone who supported the event (a full list of thanks below), everyone who donated prizes and their time, and especially everyone who joined us on the night to help us raise a grand total of over £60,000 (and counting)!

All proceeds from the evening will enable us to continue our unique and important mission: to use art to bring comfort, inspiration and joy to patients, service users and the people who care for them.

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A big thank you to...

Royal Patron

HRH The Prince of Wales


Dame Stephanie Shirley

Lord Browne of Madingley

Roger Phillimore

Dr Richard Cork

Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres

Artist Patrons

Sir Antony Gormley

Bridget Riley

Ian Davenport

Maggi Hambling




James Prichard

Vice Chairman

Andrew Hochhauser


Stephen Crampton-Hayward

Chair of Development Board

Deborah Roslund

Christopher Annus

Beth Derbyshire

Lindy Mason

Justin May

Krishna Omkar

Dr Cathy Walsh

David Wherrett


The Team


Ben Pearce

Amisha Karia

Helena Copsey

Stephen Feather

Lauren Greenwood

Natalie Marshall

Margaret Proudfoot

Thomas Walshaw

Heather Benson

Fiona Muir

Kate Ferrie


Adriana Marques


Alan Cristea

Andrew Logan

Andrew Parsons

Anita Klein

Anne Desmet

Beata Obst

Chiltern Firehouse

Disney’s The Lion King

East London Printmakers


Fraser Smith

Freya Payne

Fruitful Office


Heatherley School of Art


Ian Davenport

John Browne Charitable Trust

LA Fitness


Lee Mellows

Lesley O’Mara

London Eye


Lyonard Miszkiewicz

Mark Schnebly

Meg Dutton

Megan Fishpool

Mike Henman

Morgan Doyle

Nick Mason

Nicola Green

O’Sullivans Hairdressing

One Aldwych

Paws Studio

Philip Hochhauser



Roast Restaurant


Rosemary Squires

Royal Academy of Arts

Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Sam Sopwith

Sara Naudi

SeaLife Centre

Sir Howard Hodgkin

Stephen Glass

Stockwell (Teneo)

Swinley Forest Golf Club

Thames Rib Experience

The Courtauld

The Document Centre

The V&A

The Wash House

Theo Fennel

Tim Burt

Tom Noel

Vicki Wonfor

Wallace Collection


Wright Bros Oyster Bar

Yozo Hirayama

And everyone else who made this event possible... (We’re so sorry if we missed you!)