We’re proud to announce that monies raised over the event’s seven-year history bring the total Energy Dinner contributions to £1,004,594.00 which support WellChild and the children and families it helps.
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London (Vocus) April 30, 2010
On April 22, Platts rolled out the red carpet for this year’s Hollywood-themed Energy Dinner in aid of WellChild, the U.K. national organisation for sick children and one of patron Prince Harry’s six favourite charities.
“Thanks to the industry’s generous donations, this year’s Energy Dinner raised £188,090.00,” said Dan Tanz vice president of news and pricing at Platts, the energy information arm of The McGraw-Hill Companies and Energy Dinner sponsor since 2004. “We’re proud to announce that monies raised over the event’s seven-year history bring the total Energy Dinner contributions to £1,004,594.00 which support WellChild and the children and families it helps.”
Held in the ballroom of London’s Park Lane InterContinental Hotel, the Oscar-glam atmosphere attracted more than 500 guests including patrons from Rolls-Royce, Barclay’s, BP, Gazprom, CME Group, and Merrill Lynch, among a long list of others. A 20th Century Fox-style stage, complete with floodlights, showcased vintage, Hollywood-inspired entertainment acts throughout the evening.
But the real headliner of the night was WellChild's new campaign the “Reach Out For Sick Children Nurse Appeal.” All proceeds from the Energy Dinner were donated to the campaign which aims to more than double the nursing staff that provides home care for chronically ill children. Through WellChild, donation funding of £160,000.00 can cover the costs of round-the-clock nursing for a chronically or terminally ill child for up to three years.
“The fact that this year’s event raised enough money to fund four new WellChild nurses for one year is something we’re so tremendously thankful for and speaks to the shared commitment we all have to meeting the needs of sick children,” said WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer.
WellChild helps sick children and their families throughout the U.K. as they deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions by focusing on three key areas - care, support and research. The charity provides a team of WellChild Children's Nurses who work with families to ensure that children with complex care needs can leave hospital and return home and, through its Helping Hands scheme, WellChild enlists the support of volunteers to tackle practical projects in the homes of sick children. In addition, the charity has invested more than £20 million in ground-breaking children's health research projects.
In March 2007, Prince Harry became the first royal patron of WellChild and he has shown a personal commitment to helping WellChild improve opportunities for seriously ill children and young people. To learn more about Price Harry’s WellChild patronage and the organisation, visit http://www.wellchild.org.uk.
Notes to Editors:
WellChild is the national charity for sick children and is committed to helping children and their families throughout the UK as they deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions. WellChild focuses on three key areas:
- WellChild Care: The team of WellChild Children’s Nurses work with sick children and their families in towns and cities across the country. These specialist nurses help to ensure that children with complex care needs can leave hospital and return home, and they are vital in the prevention of frequent re-admissions.
- WellChild Support: The practical help provided by the WellChild Helping Hands scheme enlists the support of volunteers from companies and organisations up and down the country to tackle individual home development projects.
- WellChild Research: WellChild has invested more than £20 million in ground-breaking children’s health research projects. We have also provided funding for the development of the Neonatal Research Laboratory at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, the WellChild Pain Research Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the Children’s Research Centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
For more information, please see http://www.wellchild.org.uk
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