Kylie Minogue and Peter Andre were among a stellar list of celebrities who turned out to give their support at the annual Butterfly Ball, and HELLO! can reveal they also met up with some of the children and families earlier in the day at an exclusive meet-and-greet.
Left to right: Kylie Minogue, Jackie Griffiths, John Caudwell, Peter Andre, Trudi Beswick. Front: Tilly Griffiths
"The work that John and everyone at Caudwell Children do is so inspiring," said Kylie as she met up with some of those who have benefited from the charity, ahead of the evening celebrations last Thursday at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
Kylie Minogue and John Caudwell met with some of the children the charity aims to help
The charity's ambassador Peter Andre added, "The glitz and glamour of the evening is fantastic. But you only have to scratch beneath the surface to see the truly incredible work Caudwell Children too."
The evening, which raised £2.5million for the charity founded by John Caudwell to help youngsters and their families in the UK, was also attended by Sarah, Duchess of York, Simon Cowell, Tamara and Petra Ecclestone, Holly and Nicky Candy, David Furnish, Petra Nemcova and Sinitta.
Left to right: Kylie Minogue, meet and greet guest, John Caudwell, Trudi Beswick, Peter Andre
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children told HELLO!: “It has been an overwhelming success, everyone has had a fantastic night and we raised a record amount. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support in making the event such a success.
"From our sponsors to everyone who attended and donated on the night, I’m just so grateful to everyone and I get shivers of excitement thinking about the number of children we can help with £2.5million. We couldn’t have done this without the unrelenting support of John and Claire Caudwell, who dedicate so much of their time and energy to helping the charity reach its goal of helping all disabled children living in the UK.”
ALL THE PICTURES AND EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE NIGHT IS IN THIS WEEK'S HELLO! For more information on the charity visit www.caudwellchildren.com