Simon Cowell is hosting a spectacular Midsummer Ball for Together for Short Lives to support our work and help the UK’s most seriously ill children and their families.
Held at Banqueting House in London on 7 June, the ball will shine a light on the UK’s 49,000 children and young people living with life-limiting conditions, and will raise vital funds to help families get the care and support they need to make the most of every moment together.
Stars out in force
TV titan Jenni Falconer will compère the night’s entertainment and guests will be treated to music from the legendary Lulu, swing sensations the Remi Harris Trio, pop-powerhouse Pixie Lott and DJ-ing duo, The Mac Twins. The stars will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent 2017 semi-finalist Sarah Ikumu, whose soaring vocals earned her the coveted ‘golden buzzer’ on the show.
Richard Jones, soldier-turned-magician and Britain’s got Talent 2016 contestant, will add a touch of magic to the night, performing tricks and illusions for the star-studded guest list, which will include Louis Walsh, Oliver Cheshire, Emma Barton, Nicky Johnston and Strictly stars Ola and James Jordan.
As a long-time supporter of children’s palliative care and hospice charities, Simon Cowell has worked closely with Together for Short Lives for three consecutive years, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the cause.
Simon Cowell said: “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved through the Midsummer Balls, raising vital funds for the charity’s work with thousands of children and young people who battle with life-limiting conditions every day. The work Together for Short Lives does is vital for so many families. I am forever humbled when I meet parents who find themselves in such an unimaginable situation and the children, who are brave beyond belief.”
Introducing a very special family
Mum, Rachel Thompson will share her family’s remarkable story with guests at the event.
When their little boy, Frank, was just four years old, his mum and dad had to get their heads around the most heart-breaking news. Frank would only live to be at worst six years old, and at best 12.
Today Frank, age 9, is blind, completely unable to move, fed through a tube and needs assistance with breathing. He experiences distressing seizures and suffers from dementia. He needs extensive medications and 24-hour care.
Rachel says “I’ve been close to breaking point many times and as a healthcare professional I am better placed to navigate the system than many parents. Advice, support and help from organisations that work with Together for Short Lives may have saved my sanity!”
Read Frank’s story here.