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Gala ball raises thousands for children’s fundraising appeal

14 August 2008

A spectacular gala ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane raised more than £40,000 in aid of a fundraising appeal to buy a robot for a new children’s operating theatre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

A spectacular gala ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane raised more than £40,000 in aid of a fundraising appeal to buy a robot for a new children’s operating theatre at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is one of the only specialist centres for children’s surgery in London and we provide a vital service for young patients from throughout London and the south east.

We also have a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for sick and very premature babies in London and our staff specialise in life-saving surgery for premature babies.

The new operating theatre and hi-tech robot will allow us to perform more operations and continue to provide an innovative and leading edge service for some of our youngest and sickest patients.

Our fundraising appeal already has high profile patrons including actors Hugh Grant and John Hannah, fashion designer Luella Bartley and news broadcaster Emily Maitlis.

More than 270 people attended the gala ball in July which kickstarted the appeal in earnest – famous faces including not only John Hannah but also fellow actors Philip Glenister, known to millions as DCI Gene Hunt in the hit BBC TV series ‘Life on Mars’, and Toby Stephens were present to lend their support.

Entertainment was provided by Glyndebourne Opera, West End musical ‘Me and My Girl’ and a British fashion auction including pieces from top designers Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood.

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