Wednesday 31st March 2010: Starlight Children’s Foundation held an African themed, star-studded soiree at the Kensington Roof Gardens celebrating the return of 14 of London’s best known socialites*, who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru and raised over £100, 000 for Starlight to help grant more wishes for seriously and terminally ill children.
The group of trekkers, including the gorgeous Dr Christopher van Tulleken (from Channel 4’s Medicine Men go Wild) and Sienna Miller’s very own PA, Tori Cook; exchanged their fast-paced, glamorous lifestyles and took part in the expedition of a lifetime. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro by taking the most difficult Umbwe Route and Western Breach to the summit, the adventure allowed the group to see one of the most spectacular views in the world! It was not all plain sailing though and the group struggled to get to the top! Edward Taylor of TLC events was taken down early due to severe attitude sickness and Starlight’s very own Lucy Noel-Buxton lost a tooth in her tireless pursuit to reach the summit and complete the challenge!
The evening party, hosted by the trekkers for their friends and family was the perfect way to thank everyone for their huge generosity and a final opportunity to raise even more money for this incredible charity and of course a good excuse for the trekkers to let their hair down!
Guests saw a screening of the film of this incredible trek filmed by leading documentary maker Charlie Inman which was followed by an auction with lots donated by Sienna Miller and Cartier. Starlight’s very own resident singer, Bianca Nicholas (one of Prince William’s favourite artists) kicked off the evening entertainment which was complemented by DJ sets from Ben Bridgewater and Dan Lywood (Playlister), Hugo Heathcote and Sam Morris.
Complementary Marquis Vokda ‘kili cocktails’, Pommery Champagne, canapés (donated by ‘By Word of Mouth’), and even the opportunity to hang out with life sized African elephant statues meant the party was going to be a sure fire success!
Dr Chris van Tulleken said:
“Drawing parallels between the suffering of the children to whom Starlight grants wishes, and the suffering of people voluntarily climbing a mountain may feel glib but I believe it is a valid metaphor and one that inspired us as group and as individuals.
I’ve seen the work of Starlight first hand and there is a beautiful simplicity to their ambition which holds no such dilemmas; it simply gives children what they want in a world where parents, doctors and nurses are trying to give them the opposite: what they need. More than this, wishes can give the morale boost that’s needed to get a child to cooperate with one more round of chemotherapy or one more injection.”
With Special thanks to:John Carter Flowers, Ingenious Productions, Fisher Lighting, By Word of Mouth, Pommery, Marquis Vodka, Cartier, Wood Brown.
Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.
Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.
You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 88p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.