The Celebration of Life 2016 gala dinner was held at the super chic Conrad St James hotel in central London to raise awareness and fundraise for two great causes Orchid UK (fighting male cancer) and Carers UK.
According to Cancer Research UK, 2013, every year over 50,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate, testicular and penile cancer. Of these men over 47,300 (1 in 8 men of which 1 in 4 will be a black man) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, over 2,296 will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 622 will be diagnosed with the rare penile cancer.
UK’s leading charity Orchid works on behalf of anyone affected by or interested in male cancer (prostate, testicular and penile) and continue to save men’s lives from male cancer through a range of support services, education and awareness campaigns and a pioneering research programme.
We all know someone who is a carer to a loved one or have cared for a sick/elderly loved one atleast once in our lives. These are the unsung heroes of society who give up their livelihoods to dedicate their lives to care for family members or a friend who is ill or disabled with little or no help at all from the state. Carers UK offers support and advice to these carers and to those that they care for.
I for one felt honoured to have been part of an evening where people from all walks of life came together with an intention to raise funds and awareness for these two great causes that really deserve our attention.
The evening was organised by KML events UK LTD and hosted by TV presenter Greg Scott. Guests were treated to entertainment from the flamenco pulses, magician Julian James, a new song created to mark 21 years of Orchid UK next year by singer Simon Ellis as well as a silent and live auction which included Usain Bolt’s racing trainers, a weekend on a yacht in the beautiful Manorca, a Simon Carter watch, a weekend in Venice and many more.
Guest also enjoyed a delicious three course meal of a warm tart of sun blushed tomato, mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze followed by a scrumptious Pan seared Guinea fowl, potato gratin, baby leeks and peppercorn sauce and Winter berry curd, vanilla mascarpone with raspberry meringue washed down with the finest white and red wines.
The night ended with the DJ reminding guest that they were there not just to raise funds and awareness butto also celebrate the lives of the carers who work tirelessly everyday as well as all those who have suffered from but managed to beat the three deadly male cancers by getting all the guests on their feet and into the dance floor for a good old boogie.
Images by Daniel Rachev