Duchess of Cornwall guest of honour at diabetes charity event
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall was the star guest at a JDRF fundraising party packed full of celebrities.
Attendees included music icon Boy George, Hollywood and stage actor Rory Kinnear, Emmy-award winning actress Susan Hampshire, Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellowes and his wife Lady Fellowes, Olympic gold-medallist Amy Williams MBE and Olympic gold-medallist Ben Ainslie CBE.
Home Secretary Theresa May, who announced two years ago that she had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, also attended.
The event was a special charity preview of the Art Antiques London Party in the Park held in support of the Type 1 diabetes charity.
JDRF is a special organisation supporting vital research into Type 1 diabetes
Boy George treated guests to a vocal performance which demonstrated the talent that has seen him sell over 50 million albums in his lifetime.
The singer, who recently won an Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to British music, said: “Much of my music is about positivity and joy – and my charity work is done in the same spirit. JDRF is a special organisation supporting vital research into Type 1 diabetes.”
Boy George spoke to the crowd about a the diagnosis of a close friend’s child with Type 1 diabetes, saying “I get it. I see what she goes through.”
The event was staged for JDRF to boost its mission to find the cure for the condition, through the support of world-class scientific research in the UK and abroad.
Her Royal Highness became President of the charity in 2012 having become involved with the charity when she met JDRF supporters affected by Type 1 diabetes in Cambridge. She has subsequently met talented JDRF-funded researchers at University College Hospital in London and at the University of Dundee.
Lord Fellowes, known to his friends as Julian, is committed to using his profile to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and JDRF. Last year, he supported a JDRF fundraising dinner at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, where Downton Abbey is filmed. He also allowed Downton Abbey’s ‘Atticus Aldridge’ character to be named through a 2013 auction for the charity.
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK, said: “What a spectacularly successful evening. We are so grateful to our President, the Duchess of Cornwall, for joining us, for her ongoing and incredibly valuable support. Thank you also to everyone who came along.”
She added: “JDRF works across the UK and the wider world for a day when Type 1 diabetes no longer exists. The cure will be found – it’s just a question of time, money and excellent research.”