06:30AM, Wednesday 14 May 2014
The annual Heaven Sent Ball was held on Saturday and raised £25,000 for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. TV personality and auctioneer Thomas Plant hosted the event, which included a performance by Carol Decker from T'Pau.
'Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain' was the message at the key fundraiser the Heaven Sent Ball on Saturday night.
The glamorous black-tie event was held at the Clarion Collection Harte and Garter Hotel and saw guests sweep down the red carpet before settling down for a three-course meal and night of entertainment.
They were greeted by a group of Star Wars enthusiasts, long-standing Devine supporters, who were dressed as stormtroopers.
Auctioneer and television personality Thomas Plant hosted and took centre stage for a fundraising auction.
Carol Decker, the lead singer of 80s chart-toppers T'Pau, also performed on the night.
Artwork that went under the hammer included pieces by Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
The total amount raised came to £25,000.
She said: "At the gallery we are committed to supporting the charity in the long-term because we have really been touched by what the Alexander Devine charity do.
"Until recently I had no idea that there was no children's hospice in Berkshire.
"As a mother I know that if my child were to get sick I would feel comforted to have that service."
There was also a raffle with prizes that included a dinner for six cooked in your own home by an executive chef from Park Lane Hotel.
Fiona Devine gave a speech and thanked the hard work of her team.
"You always go the extra mile and are a complete privilege to work with everyday," she said.
Director of care Helen Bennett said the charity couldn't run its service without the goodwill of others and the annual ball helps raise money and promote its work.
In a speech she said: "We need to continue to support our care team and continue to be there alongside families, giving them some precious time together.
"After all, life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
Watch a video from the event below:
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