Stars from the world of film, TV, music and celebrity came together to support the second annual SeriousFun Children’s Network UK gala at the Roundhouse, London.
The event was the hottest ticket in town, with the actors Harrison Ford and Terry Gilliam, joining actress Elizabeth McGovern and X Factor judge Mel B for the evening. Multi-award winner, Van Morrison, plus stage and screen legend, Topol, provided the music for the event. In addition, Strictly Come Dancing’s Ola and James Jordan dazzled the crowd with a sensational dance peformance. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, gala dinner and live auction conducted by Lord Jeffrey Archer. SeriousFun campers from six camps in Europe (UK, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, and France) and Israel were also in attendance to share their stories and talents as part of the programme.
Founded by Hollywood actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman in 1988, SeriousFun Children’s Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families – always free of charge. The experience of camp allows children to escape the fear, pain and isolation of living with illness and, as Paul put it, kick back and “raise a little hell.” This idea – taking fun seriously – helps children foster resilience, strength and confidence. SeriousFun camps are located in Europe, the United States and Israel, as well as in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Money raised will go on to fund SeriousFun’s camps and programmes to make sure they can continue to serve children at no cost to their families and to expand the reach of the services provided.