28 January 2016
This year the Macmillan Annual Ball focussed on Macmillan’s support of children, teenagers and young adults. Guests were immersed into a world of magical intrigue as The Savoy Ballroom transported guests into a colourful world of Alice Through The Looking Glass.
The evening began with a beautiful champagne reception in the exquisite surroundings of The Savoy River Room. Welcomed by friendly characters including The White Rabbit and A Mad Hatter, guests were offered a refreshing glass of champagne while exploring the enticing blossom tree for a wealth of luxury prizes to be won.
Joyfully lead into the Ballroom by Rabbit, Frog and Hatter, guests were seated for an electric performance by FUSE, who kicked off the entertainment spectacularly. Our host, the wonderful Louise Minchin, warmly welcomed guests followed by inspiring speeches by Macmillan Director Claire Singlehurst and Macmillan service user, Tom Grew. Feeling inspired, guests began their exceptional dinner creating a superb buzz and energy in the room.
Much loved swing group, Jack Pack, took to the stage for a dreamy performance, swooning guests for a fabulous set. Dancing began early this year with the dance floor full to the brim for Jack Pack’s phenomenal performance.
Throughout the evening, guests purchased playing cards to be in with the chance of winning an incredible holiday to the Maldives with business class flights. Hosted by Louise Minchin, the whole room stood to take part in a nail biting card game to eliminate guests in finding the lucky winner. Just 3 guests were invited to the stage to try their key in the magic treasure chest. Congratulations to the lucky winner!
The moment we’d all been waiting for – The Live Auction – arrived in style at the end of the evening. But before it began, guests were reminded why their generosity is so important with a speech by Jigsaw4u Macmillan Support Worker, Claire Powell. Every £1 raised in the Live Auction and Pledge was restricted to fund the vital work at Jigsaw4u. Partly funded by Macmillan, Jigsaw4u is a charity that supports children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement.
Inspired and ready to bid, Sotheby's Auctioneer Edward Rising, brought the room to life ensuring highly energetic bidding took place! Auction lots included a boxing session for 10 with Carl Froch, a private book reading and afternoon tea with David Walliams, a Lewis Hamilton Race Suit, a trip on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, and more!
Thank you and Congratulations to those who were successful in the Auction and to everyone involved for making the Macmillan Annual Ball a truly memorable occasion. We couldn't have done it without you