The Celebration of Life
The Celebration of Life 2016 gala dinner was held at the super chic Conrad St James hotel in central London on 8th October to raise awareness of and fundraise for two great causes … Orchid UK (fighting male cancer) and Carers UK.
According to Cancer Research UK, 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 continues 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 at least 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.
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 and were introduced to a new song raising awareness by singer Cairo Benn, music producer and Brit Award winner Simon Ellis which also marks 21 years of Orchid UK. There was 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 much more.
Guest also enjoyed a delicious three course meal of a warm tart of sun blushed tomato, mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze followed by a pan seared Guinea fowl, potato gratin, baby leeks and peppercorn sauce and Winter berry curd, with raspberry meringue. All of this was washed down with the finest white and red wines.
The night ended with the DJ reminding guests that they were there not just to raise funds and awareness but to 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. He then invited everyone to get on their feet and onto the dance floor for a good old boogie.