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Celebrities create a Masterpiece for Marie Curie

Marie Curie committee chair Heather Kerzner hosted the Masterpiece Marie Curie Party on 30 June in a spectacular custom-built pavilion in the south grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, raising over £900,000 for the charity.

The unique event brought the art, society and fashion worlds together for the second year running, with guests attending a champagne reception followed by a private dinner and auction in support of the charity.

The event was also held in honour of renowned fashion photographer David Bailey, who donated his favourite photograph of supermodel Kate Moss from the recent Stardust exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery to the fundraising auction, the sale of which raised £80,000.

An even Greater Daffodil Appeal

During this year's Great Daffodil Appeal, many of the nation's favourite personalities came together to show their appreciation for the work that Marie Curie does.

Alison Steadman raised vital awareness through her powerful television advert  , Dominic West invited people to learn more about Erin and Sophies's stories  , and Jon Culshaw hosted a Parlimentary reception.

We were also treated to a sneak peek of the myriad ways Marie Curie supporters were wearing - and sharing - their daffodil pins. So, from all of us a big thank you to each and every one of you for helping us raise a phenomenal, record breaking £8.1 million!

Celebrities raise money on popular TV gameshows

Stephen Mangan won big on a special celebrity episode of Channel 4’s popular quiz show 15 to 1, beating the competition to scoop a £23,000 prize for Marie Curie.

Meanwhile, Charlie Brooks took part in a special celebrity episode of ITV’s The Cube, winning a fantastic £10,000 for the charity.

See Charlie in action here  


Celebrity supporters reveal bucket lists

Marie Curie quizzed both the public and its celebrity supporters to find out their biggest life achievements and their future goals as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week   2014.

The annual, national initiative which runs each May aims to encourage people to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement.

Take a look at all of the fantastic responses  


Brain Games are a big successBrain Game

This year’s London Brain Game and Housebuilder Brain Game   quiz nights together raised over £350,000 for Marie Curie.

Both of the high-energy fundraisers, which are popular annual fixtures for the charity, were presented by comedian Mark Dolan. He was joined on stage by a host of celebrity guests, including actress Jane Horrocks, comedian Barry Cryer, singer Linda Nolan and presenter Anneka Rice, who each took to the stage to read out one of the night’s challenging quiz rounds.


Actors run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Marie Curie

Actors Sean Biggerstaff   and Andy Newton-Lee   donned their trainers in April to take on the 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon  .

Together Sean and Andy have raised over £5,000 for Marie Curie. 

 

I’ve had loved ones cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow and seen first-hand the amazing work the charity does caring for someone with a terminal illness as well as their family. I wanted to give something back and I’ve always wanted to run a marathon so I decided to go for it.
Sean Biggerstaff

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And finally...

Contrary to expectations, hospices can be very happy places. If you don't believe us, just watch this...

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