Wednesday 6th June 2012
Royal guests and celebrities who attended a star-studded ball have helped raise more than £1.5 million for a children's charity.
HRH Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of York, singer Rod Stewart and presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth were among the 600 guests who attended Caudwell Children's annual Diamond Butterfly Ball.
The event at London's Battersea Evolution, in Battersea Park, included an auction hosted by author Jeffrey Archer, which helped raise millions of pounds, and an exclusive performance from Take That singer Gary Barlow.
The £1.5 million will support the work of the charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families.
Other celebrities who supported the charity at the event include singer Peter Andre, reality star Amy Childs, chef Marcus Wareing, actor Anthony Head, singer Sinitta, and sportsmen Mark Foster, Lee Pearson CBE, Derek Redmond and Jamie Baulch.
They were joined by young people who have benefited from the support of the charity.
Caudwell Children chief executive Trudi Beswick said: "We are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests.
"In the current economic climate this money is more important than ever and will help us touch the lives of thousands of children. I can't thank everyone who donated tonight enough."