Official F1™ Party raises £540,000 for charity 05 Jul 2012
Wednesday night saw members of the Formula One community gather with guests and celebrities to raise £540,000 for a new surgery centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The party, held at Londons Battersea Evolution, celebrated the official launch of the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.
BGC Partners generously supported the event as headline sponsors, whilst Pirelli were on board as supporting sponsor for a second year running. Natalie Pinkham, pit-lane reporter for Formula One broadcasters Sky Sports, hosted the evening and, as creative director, Tamara Ecclestone once again helped to plan the event.
"Great Ormond Street Hospital is incredibly important to my family and me, commented Ms Ecclestone. Throwing the F1 Party for Great Ormond Street Hospitals Childrens Charity is our way of using the glamour and excitement of the Grand Prix to raise vital funds to help the thousands of sick children who are treated by the hospital each year."
The charitys patrons Vernon Kay and Tess Daly were joined at the event by a whole host of famous names including Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone, former team principal Eddie Jordan, Red Bull driver Mark Webber, Caterham team mates Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov, Toro Rossos Daniel Ricciardo, former driver David Coulthard, actors Rupert Grint and Oliver Phelps and TV stars Louie Spence and Mark Wright.
During the party guests were wowed by Adam Garcia and his fellow Tap Dog, Douglas Mills, magician Dynamo, an exclusive performance by The Feeling and a set by celebrity DJ Henry Holland. GOSH patient Cameron Stewart also gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech about his experience of the hospital following treatment for a brain tumour.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity is the official charity for the British Grand Prix. Wednesday night's funds bring the total raised by the collaboration to over £3million.
For more pictures, check out our gallery.