On Wednesday evening we were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex at our 100 Hearts, a Night of Comedy event at the London Palladium. The Earl watched an incredible line-up of comedians during the show including Rob Brydon, Dara O’Brien, James Acaster and Nina Conti.

Upon arriving at the Palladium, the Earl was greeted with a beautiful posy and was escorted to his seats within the Royal Circle. Many on lookers reported seeing His Royal Highness laughing throughout the entire hilarious show.

During the interval some of our lucky guests and sponsors were given the chance to meet the Earl including the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Trusts very own Helen Parrott and Andre Simon who discussed our two priority projects, the ‘Back in the Driving Seat’ Cystic Fibrosis Appeal and the Harefield Transplant Appeal. All the money that we have received through ticket sales, programmes and donations during the evening will go straight towards supporting these two Appeals.

The stellar line-up of comedians was led by our host, Clive Anderson who warmed up the audience and announced each guest as they came on stage. Opening the show was the wonderful Desiree Burch who was followed by fellow stand-up comedians Ken Cheng, Ahir Shah, James Acaster, Nina Conti, Greg Davies, Omid Djalili, Harry Enfield and Dara O’ Briain. The crowd was also treated to an array of sketches and musical performances by Chris Difford, Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Philip Pope, Jess Robinson and Rachel Parris. The night was closed by the amazing Rob Brydon who had the audience in stiches following his time on the stage. 

A huge thank you to all our sponsors for the evening, Aerotest Limited, Goldman Sachs, Kier, Knight Build, Lee Bolton, Metro Bank and Universal Consolidated Group LTD. The evening was produced by actor and composer Philip Pope, who we thank alongside his wife Rosie Pope for their outstanding organisation of the night. We also thank everyone who attended and all the staff and volunteers who dedicated their time to come and make this night a success!

The full amount raised from the evening came to a fantastic total of £185,000.