THE SUNFLOWER JAM 2006
An intimate and informal Rock and Roll charity evening of dinner and musical entertainment
Our 2006 event took place on 14th September at the Porchester Halls, London W2. This year was in aid of the Complementary Therapy Team working within cancer services at University College London Hospital (UCLH) working with children, young people and adults with cancer. It costs £5,000 per year for one therapist to work for one day a week on the ward with the patients, their families and the staff.
This special evening raised awareness and money for The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. This enabled more therapists to work in this important area, providing emotional and physical support, both within the Acute Cancer Care unit and Outpatients Department, supporting patients from diagnosis to journeys end.
Both Ian Paice and Jon Lord have visited the children undergoing treatments and receiving therapies to see for themselves the integrated care and facilities at the hospital. As a result of these visits the idea of this fundraising evening was originally born.
With support from HRH The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, which aims to facilitate the development of safe, effective and efficient forms of healthcare by encouraging conventional and complementary practitioners to work together to promote a holistic approach for the individual and with some great names on board, this evening really was a one off!
The house band consisted of Bernie Marsden; Neil Murray; Sam Brown; Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens; Margo Buchanan; Nick Fyffe and Don Airey. Guest musicians on the night included Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin); Jon Lord and Ian Paice (Deep Purple); Linda Lewis and Paul Weller. The event held 350 guests including Sir John Mortimer, Frida from Abba and Damon Hill. There was an amazing auction featuring rare memorabilia, a raffle, and entertainment during the champagne from Gwendoline Lamour, International Fan Dancer and Queen of Burlesque. Katty Lette was our hilarious compere for the evening.
The evening was a huge success and we couldn’t of dreamt for anything more.
As carriages arrived, guests left with happy faces and some great memories of a truly spectacular one off night, already wondering what next years might entail and how it could possibly top the night they had just enjoyed.
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