The stars came out on Saturday night to celebrate blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan’s 21st annual Daisy Ball held at Grosvenor House on Park Lane.
Guests at the Mayfair event included Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, TOWIE’s Bobby Cole Norris and teen actor Tom Holland, star of Wolf Hall and The Impossible.
The 600 guests attending the annual black-tie event raised more than £160,000 which will enable the charity to recruit more stem cell donors to the register. It costs £100 to put each potential donor on to the register.
Actress Olivia Colman said: “It’s a huge pleasure to support this lifesaving charity at the Daisy Ball tonight. I got involved with Anthony Nolan because they once helped a dear friend of mine. She told me all about their vital work and asked if I’d be interested in doing something. It was an easy decision to join their bone marrow register and I’ve been telling everyone about them ever since.”
It was a special night for Bobby Cole Norris, TOWIE star and fashion designer, who was celebrating his mother’s recent stem cell transplant.
Bobby said: “Tonight is really emotional for me. It’s been nearly a year since we launched the appeal to find a donor for my mum and it’s been a long road.
To be able to celebrate tonight and raise a glass of champagne for her and say she’s doing really well, is pure joy. Without Anthony Nolan and all those who raise funds at events like this, my mum might not be here.”
Reality TV rivalries were put aside as Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing showed his support alongside Bobby. Jamie Laing said: “I’ve had a brilliant evening and I hope that, by coming along tonight, I can show how much Anthony Nolan needs young men my age to join the register. Seeing Bobby [Cole Norris] so happy, after Anthony Nolan found a donor for his mum, has really brought it all home – that’s why we’re all here.”
Guests were able to enjoy treats kindly donated by Jamie’s famous sweet company Candy Kittens.
London’s exclusive photo booth company, Showtime Photo Booth, provided one of their sleek photo booths for our guests at this year’s Daisy Ball. Showtime were with us all night to capture great memories from the early evening, to the early hours of the morning. Showtime brought along a box of props and accessories so guests could get creative and dress up. Take a look at the best photos on our Facebook page.
The night included a stunning three course meal, inspirational real life stories and entertainment from The Voice contestant Karl Loxley and Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole.
Catherine Miles, Director of Fundraising, Anthony Nolan said: “Our guests certainly celebrated the night away at the Daisy Ball! All the guests were incredibly generous, and we’re on track to have raised over £160,000 for Anthony Nolan.
“The night held a special significance. It was the 21st Daisy Ball so it was a great opportunity to look back at what we have achieved. We have come a long way but there is still much more to be done.”