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  • Keeley Hawes, Anne-Marie, Jools Holland and Jessie Ware joined a host of other Unicef UK Ambassadors and high-profile supporters for the seventh annual Halloween Ball
  • More than 200 guests attended the star-studded evening, which included live performances from Jools Holland, Anne-Marie and Jessie Ware
  • All monies raised on the night will save lives and help Unicef protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrows children.
  • Download photos from the Halloween Ball here

Wednesday 30th October 2019: A host of Unicef UK Ambassadors and high-profile supporters led tonight’s stylishly spooky turn out for Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball raising a phenomenal £250,000 to support Unicef’s life-saving work for children in danger around the world.

The stars, including Keeley Hawes, Anne-Marie, Jools Holland, Laura Whitmore and Jessie Ware descended on One Marylebone, London for a Halloween experience like no other, with an interactive “haunted house’ drinks reception, an elegant baroque themed dinner and stellar performances from chart topper Anne-Marie, Unicef UK Ambassador Jessie Ware, and legendary musician Jools Holland.

Dinner guests heard from Unicef UK supporter Levison Wood who spoke about the vital work made possible by generous donations, having recently arrived back from Democratic Republic of Congo where he saw first-hand Unicef’s live-saving work.

Guests pledged their support at a money-can’t-buy auction – with lots including diamond earrings worn by Olivia Colman at the 2019 Golden Globes, a brown suede jacket worn by Roger Moore in Octopussy (1983) and a once in a lifetime velodrome cycling experience with Sir Chris Hoy.

Guest performer Jools Holland said: “It’s been such a privilege performing on behalf of Unicef UK tonight and I know the money raised this evening will help children around the world stay happy, healthy and safe. From the spooky costumes to the incredible auction lots the whole evening has been spectacular. A massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Douglas Alexander, chair of Unicef UK, said: “Since 2013, the Unicef UK Halloween Ball has raised nearly £5 million which helps protect children in danger around the world. Money raised from tonight’s event will help us continue vital work to ensure no child is forgotten – especially those at greatest risk and in the hardest to reach places. A huge thank you to everyone who bid at the auction, bought raffle tickets or donated during the pledge moment. We couldn’t support the world’s most vulnerable children without you.”

The money raised at Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, support children in danger around the world. Since 2013, Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball has raised nearly £5 million to support Unicef’s work.

To find out more, visit unicef.org.uk


Notes for editors:

High-profile guests who attended the Unicef UK Halloween Ball included:

  • Jools Holland
  • Jessie Ware
  • Anne-Marie
  • Levison Wood
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Ade Adepitan
  • Martin Bell
  • Cel Spellman
  • Luke Pritchard
  • Hugh Harris
  • Laura Whitmore
  • Iain Stirling
  • Georgia Toffolo
  • Diego Bivero-Volpe
  • Charlotte Carroll

For more information on the Unicef UK Halloween Ball please call:

Unicef UK: 0207 375 6030 or email media@unicef.org.uk

For more photography contact:

Unicef UK Photography: tom@tomdymond.co.uk

Link to Unicef UK Halloween Ball images here

About Unicef

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

About the Unicef UK Halloween Ball suppliers

Catering provided in partnership with Food by Dish. Production in partnership with Lightning and First Network and Design in partnership with Ellidore and Garth Kelly. Champagne kindly supplied by Hatt et Soner.