Simon Cowell hosts Midsummer Ball for Together for Short Lives
Patron Simon Cowell is hosting UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives’ Midsummer Ball in support of seriously ill children and their families. The Midsummer Ball (3 June 2015), at Banqueting House, will shine a light on the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and will help raise vital funds to help families get the care and support they need to make the most of precious time together.
Welcoming guests, Simon Cowell will share his personal insight into Together for Short Lives’ charitable work with children and families. Simon Cowell said: “It was a huge honour to be asked to host a fundraising ball for Together for Short Lives. I have been involved with the charity for many years and have seen the amazing work they do caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions as well as supporting their families. I hope that we can raise a huge amount of money at the ball and encourage others to get involved and help these children and families get the support and care they need so they can make every moment count.”
The Ball’s special guests will all be treated to a glittering array of entertainment as stars donate their time to make Together for Short Lives’ Midsummer Ball a night to remember.
Together for Short Lives CEO Barbara Gelb OBE said: “Together for Short Lives is thrilled that our generous Patron Simon Cowell is hosting our first Midsummer Ball in support of seriously ill children and families. This opportunity and the money it will raise will make such a difference to our work for the UK’s 49,000 children who may not reach adulthood and all those who support, love and care for them.
We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the Ball’s sponsors, guests and stars who have invested in the Ball and given their time and talent to raise vital funds to help ensure that children and families can get the best possible care, helping families to make every moment count.”
Marvin and Rochelle Humes will host the night’s sparkling entertainment, introducing talent from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Katie Melua, Stephen Mulhern, Britain’s Got Talent 2014 finalists Jack Pack and Britain’s Got Talent 2015 finalist Isaac Waddington. Following an array of stellar performances, Ball guests will dance the night away with a DJ set from the legendary Grammy award winning music producer William Orbit.
Marvin and Rochelle Humes said: “It is an absolute honour for the both of us to be working alongside Together for Short Lives. We have both seen first-hand the difference their work makes when aiding and assisting families with seriously ill children. We look forward to hosting a very entertaining night but most importantly helping to raise lots of money for a truly amazing charity.”
Katie Melua said: “Together for Short Lives is a charity that does truly significant work for children and their families affected with life threatening conditions. The story of Charlie on the charity's website shows how much support is needed for families in such difficult times by making hospices feel like safe havens for everyone in the family. I'm delighted to be part of the Midsummer Ball in support of the good this charity does.”
William Orbit added: “I’ll be enjoying the conviviality and fantastic entertainment, and gaining a greater understanding of the work of this amazing charity. It’s an honour to be able to make a contribution to the awareness and fundraising of such important work. Together for Short Lives is an organisation that along with help for very sick children, allows parents more of that most precious thing in the world, time with their loved ones, when there is sadly not ever going to be enough. I urge everyone to find out more about Together for Short Lives and give whatever contribution they can.”
Jack Pack's Andrew Bourn said: "It’s an honour to be supporting Together for Short Lives and playing at this year’s Midsummer Ball. Alfie and I are both dads so we understand how important this charity is in raising vital funds for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Although we're performing with an amazingly talented orchestra we’ll still get nervous singing in front of Simon. We just want it to be a real night to remember.”
Stephen Mulhern said: “This is an amazing charity, I feel proud to be part of this exciting event. The money raised at the Midsummer Ball will go towards the important work Together for Short Lives does to support thousands of seriously ill children and their families up and down the country.”
Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Isaac Waddington said: "The last few weeks have been truly life-changing for me, my feet haven't touched the ground. I'm so thrilled to be invited to play at Together for Short Lives' Midsummer Ball. It will be personally humbling to perform for such an amazing charity that provides vital support for seriously ill children and their families."
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra said: “We are thrilled to be playing throughout the evening at Together for Short Lives' Midsummer Ball. This is a significant charity doing tremendous work helping seriously ill children. It will be fascinating to hear more about the charity and what they do to assist families. It's going to be a glittering and spellbinding night.”
The Midsummer Ball has been generously supported by Coutts and an array of prestigious companies who have donated their support and luxury auction lots. Charlie Thomas, of world renowned auctioneers Bonhams, will guide guests through the charity auction and funds raised will support Together for Short Lives work for children and families.
On the night Mum, Lizzie Hornby, will share her family’s unique journey of caring for her son William, who has a complex and life-limiting condition called Edwards Syndrome. Lizzie will tell her story to Ball guests and explain the reality of caring for a very seriously ill child and why families like hers need specialist round the clock care and support.
Lizzie Hornby said: “Nothing can ever prepare you for the news that your baby is going to have a short life, and has a really complex condition. No one can comprehend how life can change in a second. When we heard the devastating news about William I felt like I was on a film set, it felt like it was someone else’s lives, not ours they were talking about, I was hoping the camera would stop rolling and everything would be normal again.
“Parents desperately need information and support – especially at the beginning but also after coming to terms with things. You need to know that there’s a lifeline – an anchor and someone to help you weather the storm. That’s why I’m passionate about sharing my story at the Together for Short Lives’ Midsummer Ball – to raise awareness and funds– so families like mine can begin to make every moment count.”
And Together for Short Lives will screen its new animation, “We’re having a Baby” that describes the moment when a couple hears the news that their child is seriously ill.