Last Tuesday, I was very fortunate to be invited to attend the 30th anniversary Spring Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show in support of Action for Children. The afternoon was held at Jumeirah Carlton Tower with entertainment including a fashion show hosted by Harvey Nichols and a fantastic live prize auction.
The event raised £112,000 which will go towards supporting some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK today. It also marked a significant milestone for the charity, raising £1 million since the first lunch took place in 1989. This year’s total was the most that has ever been raised from this wonderful annual event and I’m very proud to have been involved.
More than 300 guests enjoyed a champagne reception against the backdrop of a beautiful ballroom overlooking Cadogan Square. We tucked into a delicious lunch and enjoyed exclusive previews of Harvey Nichols’ newest spring-summer collections.
However, the glitz and glamour were merely there as a pretext to highlight a very worthy cause and the event proved to be an excellent opportunity for people to learn about the incredible work that Action for Children does, day in, day out.
This is a charity close to my heart; as a mother, I believe in the importance of providing children with the chance to grow up in a safe, happy and loving environment with all the opportunities available to achieving their full potential.
The charity was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to get a head start in life, regardless of their backgrounds or the circumstances in which they are born. They are an extraordinary organisation, who, for the last 145 years, have been helping the UK’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and their families. Their various initiatives helped more than 370,000 children and their families in 2017 alone.
Previously, Gallery Elena Shchukina has hosted events in aid of the charity, the last being a Christmas tea party and raffle in 2016 before I left for maternity leave. Guests were encouraged to bring toys and goodies which Action for Children then donated to children across the country as Christmas presents. Last week’s event has spurred me on to start planning our next as soon as possible, so watch this space.
To find out more about Action for Children and the fantastic work they do, click here.