Winter gala 2016

The Winter Gala 2016

Our magical evening returned

We raised over £800,000 and counting for our vital work around the world.


Guests were transported into Roald Dahl's imaginative world, in celebration of the much-loved author’s centenary.

The event raised over £800,000 and counting for our vital work around the world, saving children’s lives and giving them the chance to realise their dreams.

Guests including Luke Evans, Joely Richardson, Myleene Klass, Mary Portas, Poppy Delevingne, Grayson Perry, Natasha Kaplinsky and Laura Bailey were greeted on arrival by The BFG. Travelling through the pages of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World, James and the Giant Peach and more, they mingled with Mr and Mrs Twit and Fantastic Mr Fox, and sipped Witches’ Brew and Dream Catcher drinks at the Marvellous Medicine Bar.

Auction and performances

A phizz-whizzing live auction led by Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, saw guests bidding to win lots including tennis coaching with Greg Rusedski, a villa stay for 10 in Mykonos and artwork by Antony Gormley.

Performances were provided by Letters Live, an entertainment piece where remarkable letters were read aloud by Miriam Margoyles, Luke Evans, Noma Dumezweni and Toby Jones, with an introduction by Jon Snow, and singing sensation Jones gave a soulful ending to the night.

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Our thanks

We would like to thank our wonderful event committee for making the evening possible: Arabella Duffield (Co-Chair), Farran Tozer Brown (Co-Chair), Jackie Annesley, Emma Askari, Leonora Bamford, Myrtle Barrow, Gina Bellman, Caroline Breteau, Emily Crompton-Candy, Claudia Crow, Poppy Delevingne, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, Fiammetta Egalini, Karen Elson, Vanessa Ford, Azzi Glasser, Emily Hambro, Kate Isitt, Marina Martinos, Leigh Message, Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Sumru Ramsey, Kadee Ratibor, Tarka Russell, Jessica Zirinis.


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