Joan Collins hosts a special tea party for the Shooting Star Chase children's hospice

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Just 48 hours after auctioning off some of her most glamorous Hollywood memorabilia at an auction in Beverly Hills, Dame Joan Collins arrived in London to host a special tea party for the Shooting Star Chase children's hospice.

The Dynasty diva, who pledged to donate a portion of the £250,000 raised to the charity, of which she is a patron, was at the sumptuous Dorchester hotel for the pre-Christmas celebration.

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"Christmas is a magical time, and a time for family unity so I thought it would be wonderful to put on something for children and their families to enjoy and remember," she said. "It's become a bit of a tradition. We've done something like this every year for the past ten years. Some children I've seen since they were born. I think it brings a little bit of Christmas cheer into their lives."

Joan, who is spending the festive period at home in London with her family and her late sister Jackie's children and grandchildren, is devoted to helping raise awareness for Shooting Star Chase, which supports families of children with life limiting conditions. "When my daughter Katy (Kass) sustained life-threatening head injuries in an accident at the age of nine, I lived through the most dreadful experience of my life," she told HELLO!.



Katy, now 43, from her third marriage to American film producer Ron Kass, fell into a deep coma after being hit by a car, and as her devastated parents kept a bedside vigil, living in a mobile home in the hospital grounds to be near her, doctors were told the odds were against her pulling through.

"I was very lucky in that my child survived," says Joan, "so I'm doing what I can to help people in similar situations."