Mark Ronson and Florence Welch marked World Diabetes Day 2019 at the Sugarplum Dinner – which raises funds for the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.
Organised by Lady Jubie Wigan, the award-winning founder of Sugarplum Children, this is the fourth in a series of spectacularly successful fundraising dinners, which began in 2013 in aid of JDRF.
Guests included JDRF ambassadors Jonny Labey and Jade Byrne, who both live with type 1 diabetes as well as Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes and wife Emma.
A champagne drinks reception was followed by a dinner curated by Michelin-star chefs Jason Atherton and Tom Kerridge. This was accompanied by an acoustic set from Florence Welch and was topped off with an after-party from platinum-selling DJ and musician, Mark Ronson.
Host Jubie Wigan gave a speech alongside her daughter Aliena, who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of two. Jubie payed tribute to the children who don’t let the daily challenges that come from life with type 1 diabetes stop them. She told dinner guests: “I believe that a time will come when type 1 diabetes is a distant memory for Aliena and the thousands of other children who manage this condition on a daily basis. With even just a little belief, anything can happen.”
Caius Pawson, founder of the Young Turks record label which he launched a couple of years after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, is on the committee of event. He spoke to JDRF before the event about his passion for this year’s If you believe, anything is possible theme, saying: “This message completely resonates with me.
“I’ve always lived by the idea that if you can see it, you can make it. Being able to see other people with type 1 diabetes not just survive but thrive, has really helped me to make a better reality of my life with diabetes.
“I love how on World Diabetes Day, the importance of the support network of friends and family for someone with type 1 is being highlighted and celebrated.”
The live-auction on the night included Downton Abbey Comes To Dorset – a stay with Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellowes, and Lady Fellowes.
The final lot was a once-in-a-lifetime six-Michelin Star dining experience with chefs Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, photographer Chris Floyd, singer/song-writer Jack Savoretti and actors James Norton and Jeremy Irvine – both of whom support JDRF and live with type 1 diabetes.