Stars and city celebrate Leonard Cheshire Disability

9 June 2017

Gala dinner guestsDistinguished guests gathered at London’s Guildhall last night, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of war hero and philanthropist Leonard Cheshire.

The evening raised funds for disabled people in the UK and around the world.

200 people were welcomed by Leonard Cheshire’s chief executive Neil Heslop OBE.

Alastair Hignell and Dan Eley at the gala dinner

The dinner was hosted by rugby union player and BBC broadcaster Alastair Hignell CBE, who is a trustee of the charity.

After dinner, guests were entertained by musician, TV presenter and band leader Jools Holland OBE, accompanied by soul/gospel/R&B singer and long-time partner in music Ruby Turner MBE.

Neil Heslop said:

Neil Heslop ‘When disability happens you just want a bit of support and humanity to make the best of it, preserve your independence and choose how you live your life.

‘Leonard’s story and beliefs resonate with all of us, and we are so grateful for all the support this evening.

‘Leonard was an amazing man who understood basic human need and dedicated his life to making the world a better place.

‘We continually strive to deliver his vision today.’

The evening included a sit down dinner, followed by a live auction, run by Sotheby’s director, Richard Fattorini.

Top items on offer included a private tour of the Red Arrows, tea with actress and writer Jane Asher at The Wolseley and funding for livelihoods programmes around the world.

The funds will go to help Leonard Cheshire’s programmes and services in the UK and around the world. These include education and employment access initiatives.

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