magical trees make Christmas sparkle raising over £400,000 for Save the Children

Royalty, rock stars and celebrities came together at the Natural History Museum last week to raise over £400,000 for Save the Children at their annual fundraising gala, Festival of Trees. We were so pleased to be involved with such a wonderful event and support such a worthwhile charity.

Surrounded by glittering bespoke trees designed for the event, Bryan Ferry belted out classics like Let’s Stick Together and Slave to Love while HRH The Princess Royal and celebrities including Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Enfield and Nancy Dell’olio took a look at the trees on show.

Throughout the evening guests were invited to bid for the bespoke trees and unique gifts, specially created and donated to Save the Children to raise money for their vital work around the world. In addition to notonthehighstreet.com, Harrods, Chokolit, My Little Pony and jewellery designer Sam Ubhi were among those who designed trees that were auctioned off on the night.

notonthehighstreet.com created a ‘makers’ tree’ laden with gifts from our website with additional gifts including a holiday in Portugal, a Michelin-star master class, tickets to see Eric Clapton live, Premier League football tickets and the chance to be named as a character in Penny Vincenzi’s next novel. This fantastic collection of magical Christmas goodies raised an amazing £14,000 for Save the Children. We were so pleased.

An original Tracey Emin print raised £6,000 for the charity while a very special tree, created by the children in Save the Children’s Ethiopian programmes raised £11,000 from the philanthropic guests. The money raised from this tree will go towards Save the Children’s work in Ethiopia to save the lives of newborn babies and young children.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners involved in our makers’ tree – none of this would have been possible without your kind gifts. The tree looked beautiful and we were extremely proud; of the tree, the money it raised and the people who made it possible.

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