Art Antiques London raises money towards vital research

On 11 June, art lovers gathered in Kensington Gardens for an exclusive champagne preview of one of London’s most stylish arts and antiques fairs, Art Antiques London.

12 June 2013

The reception was attended by over 400 guests including guest of honour, HRH the Countess of Wessex, who delivered an impromptu, moving speech about her son’s experience at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Guests were treated to a private view of works from 70 of the world’s leading art dealers followed by a glittering dinner hosted by Gyles Brandreth and a live auction with Jeffrey Archer at the gavel.

The event was chaired by Lady Wolfson of Marylebone, a long-standing supporter of Great Ormond Street Hospital and raised over £300,000 towards research at the hospital and our research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health. 

The money raised on the night will help fund vital child health research in four key areas. Researchers aim to develop pioneering new stem cell treatments for children with both severe gut disorders and those suffering from inherited blindness. They also plan to map the long-term survival in children with heart disease and to design surgeries with the best chance of success. Finally, the funds will support some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients by ensuring the voices of children with learning disabilities are heard and that hospital care is structured to meet their unique needs.

Art Antiques London organiser Anna Haughton said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity this year.

“It’s wonderful to launch Art Antiques London by raising much-needed funds for such an important cause. We’d like to thank everyone who gave so generously on the night to help the charity make a real difference for young patients and their families.”