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Hospice UK hosts glittering gala dinner to celebrate 50th anniversary of hospice care

Author: Hospice UK
26 May 2017
  • Gloria Hunniford and Merrill Powell
  • Merrill Powell and Catherine Bosworth
  • Lord Howard of Lympne, Martyn Lewis and Tom Bower

TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford and Downton Abbey script writer and novelist Julian Fellowes were among the celebrity guests at a glamorous gala dinner in aid of Hospice UK to mark the 50th anniversary of modern hospice care.

The event took place at The Savoy Hotel in central London, which was organised by Hospice UK’s newly formed London Fundraising Committee, chaired by Merrill Powell.

Guests, who included influential people from business, politics and the arts, enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a sumptuous four course meal and dancing.

Musical entertainment was provided by five piece band Raff and Remedies, who played soul and funk versions of classic songs from the 1940s to the present day. The band’s members have previously performed with well-known artists like Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Lily Allen throughout the UK.

Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK, attended the event with his wife Lady Sandra Howard and gave a speech highlighting Hospice UK’s work to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care receives it.

As the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK champions and supports the work of more than 220 hospices which provide vital care to around 200,000 people across the UK each year and also support for their families.

All funds raised from the gala dinner will support the work of Hospice UK, helping ensure that hospices continue to provide their vital services in future and that everyone who needs hospice care is able to get it.

The charity has raised £135K overall from the event, including from tables sold, sponsorship and pledges made on the night by guests.

Catherine Bosworth, Director of Income Generation at Hospice UK, said:

“It was a wonderful evening and the atmosphere was amazing. We are delighted to have been involved in this prestigious event to mark the 50th anniversary of the modern hospice movement and celebrating how hospice care, with its highly compassionate, person-centred approach, has transformed care for people with life-limiting conditions.

“As we look to the next 50 years we want to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care gets hospice care. Funds raised from our gala dinner will support Hospice UK’s work to expand the reach of hospice care and ensure that many more terminally ill people are supported to live well until the end of their lives.

“We are immensely grateful to Merrill for all her dedication and support in organising this event.”

Merrill Powell added:

“This is the first of many events the London Committee will be organising for Hospice UK. We are so grateful for the support we have received."

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