JANET JACKSON, LOUISE & ADAM KAY
SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT
THE GATSBY GALA: IN AID OF PREMATURITY RESEARCH AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
The Gatsby Gala was held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London; an all singing, all dancing charity ball to help raise vital funds for premature birth research at Imperial College London. Special guests included Janet Jackson, Louise and Adam Kay – who all wowed on the red carpet as they arrived to show their support for the vital cause.
The art-deco venue, home to the London Cabaret Club brought their Gatsby Band to the event to immerse guests in the 1920s theme.
Pioneering health professor and obstetrician Prof. Tiong Ghee ‘TG’ Teoh hosted the sensational charity gala. TG is one of the best in his field – and was even on the specialist team for the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. He is also a close friend of Janet Jackson, and delivered her son Eissa in 2017. TG had her support as a guest of honour on the evening.
On Janet attending the gala to show her support, TG said, “It’s amazing to have the support of Janet Jackson. I was looking after her when she was pregnant, and it developed into such a great friendship.”
The evening helped raise money towards a succession plan for TG and partnering professor Phil Bennett, so research can continue beyond their eventual retirement. Prematurity is the leading cause of death in under fives globally and one million children die every year from preterm birth complications. Therefore this research is vital and requires £2.5 million to cover all costs to continue the prioritisation of research.
The event kicked off with a sensational set from Louise, playing smash singles including ‘Stay’, ‘Hurt’ from her new album ‘Heavy Love’, and finished with everybody getting on their feet and dancing to ‘Let’s Go ‘Round Again’.
When on stage, Louise shared her support for the charity; “Being a mum, I know how much having children has changed my life. It’s an honour to be here and support something I believe in.”
A moving presentation was given by Professor TG, who was joined on stage by a former patient, Michelle Dillenseger. Michelle was personally affected by prematurity with the birth of her daughter, Faye, and so she shared her touching experience with guests. Michelle named her second child Tommy George, TG for short, after the doctor. She said, “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”
James Knight of Bonhams hosted a show stopping auction with incredible prizes, including a generous donation from Richard Branson; flights and a cruise on his new liner, The Scarlet Lady.
The penultimate set of the evening was a side-splittingly funny routine from ex-doctor and former student of TG, Adam Kay, the award-winning comedian and bestselling author of ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ and ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas’, who showed immense support for the charity.
The evening drew to a close with an Americana Twist from duo Broken Bones Matilda, bringing a captivating set and the perfect ending to the night. With the funds raised from this evening, Imperial College London will be able to continue the prioritisation of research into this issue that affects so many families, and will benefit countless lives.
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