More than 300 guests attended the Haven House Ball at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 6 March. The evening boasted a sparkling drinks reception, three-course dinner, raffle, auctions and sensational entertainment that made attendees go WOW! 

The fundraising evening was hosted by Haven House ambassador and celebrity Mark Wright and guests were treated to live entertainment from the incredible The Function Band. 

During an extremely poignant moment of the evening guests were shown Haven House’s new film which features the story of parents Adam and Naomi Tuckwell and their beautiful daughter, Orla. 

Orla was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in September 2022. Over six months, she underwent intense treatment. In April 2023, she rang the end-of-treatment bell. Heartbreakingly, a few months later, the cancer returned, and Orla’s treatment moved to palliative care. She sadly passed away at Haven House in August 2023 aged just 2. Both Adam and Naomi were present at the ball and received a standing ovation from the teary-eyed audience. 

Amongst the top auction prizes was a limited-edition print of 'Ali versus The Beatles (1964)' from Chris Smith, a King Charles Diamond Dust Print donated by Frances Segelman and a two night stay at the 5* Château de Berne with dinner at Michelin starred "Le Jardin de Berne". 

Speaking on the night Mark said: 

"I’ve supported Haven House for a long time and it’s a privilege to be part of this family. Haven House is there from the time a diagnosis is made to support families every step of the way ensuring they can make the most of the precious time they have together. Each year it costs around £6 million to run Haven House and the hospice would not exist without the local community. Tonight, we come together in honour of the children and young people who inspire us each day and to celebrate the amazing work of the team, while raising funds for families who need our support.” 

Sponsors for the evening included: The Chigwell group, Orbian, CJC, The Media People and the fantastic Function Band!

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