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Diversity Role Models carnival and auction raises £75,000

Besi Besemar October 30, 2014

Money raised will fund the ongoing fight against bullying.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

LEADING ORGANISATIONS and talent gathered in London at the Café de Paris on Wednesday, October 29 to support the third annual fundraising carnival and auction held by the anti-bullying charity, Diversity Role Models (DRM).

Special guests at the event included: Heather Small, who gave a special guest performance of her greatest hits; DRM Patron and broadcaster Clare Balding, who hosted the evening; former Coronation Street star, Charlie Condou; singer Dan Gillespie Sells; young adult author Patrick Ness; and paralympian Claire Harvey.

The auction, conducted by Roger Dakin, included specially donated lots including: dinner for four at Paramount, with special guest, Ben Cohen; a signed Salvador Dali lithograph; and three nights at SHA Wellness Clinic, a luxury spa in Alicante.

Guests were entertained by aerialist Will Davis and the evening also featured ‘Everyone is a Winner’ carnival stalls, including a Spin ‘n’ Win and DRM’s own Glambola.

By the end of the night over £75,000 had been raised to support the growth of Diversity Role Model’s work in schools across the UK.

Suran Dickson, Chief Executive of Diversity Role Models, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended Carnival for their generous support of Diversity Role Models and to all the performers and organisers who so kindly gave us their time. In addition, I would particularly like to thank the event sponsors – Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Norton Rose Fulbright and Grey Goose – without whom the Carnival would not possibly have happened.

“The money raised will aid us in our plans to expand around the UK and ensure that all young people have the opportunity for success and happiness, regardless of sexuality or gender.”