Van Morrison, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher, Jools Holland, Shane MacGowan and Rob Brydon perform at âHopingâs Greatest Hitsâ at Londonâs Ronnie Scottâs to mark 10 years of the Hoping Foundationâs benefit events for Palestinian refugee children.
Van Morrison, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher, Jools Holland,
Shane MacGowan and Rob Brydon perform at âHopingâs Greatest Hitsâ at
Londonâs Ronnie Scottâs to mark 10 years of the Hoping Foundationâs benefit
events for Palestinian refugee children.
Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, founders of the Hoping Foundation, reunited an all-star cast for âHopingâs
Greatest Hitsâ to celebrate 10 years of the charityâs benefit.
Shane MacGowan was first up with his iconic Pogues hit Streams of Whiskey. Noel Gallagherâs moving
performances of Half the World Away and epic Oasis anthem Wonderwall raised more than ÂŁ30,000 pounds for
the charity, while the emotion in the room was palpable as rock legend Chrissie Hynde hypnotised the audience
with her distinctive ballad Iâll Stand by You. Host extraordinaire of the evening, Rob Brydon, wouldnât allow
Chrissie to leave the stage and invited Kate Moss to join her for a duet. Kate rose to the challenge and delivered
a rendition of Stand by Your Man that would have given Tammy Wynette a run for her money.
In an historic moment, the legendary Van Morrison took to Hopingâs stage for the first time where he was joined
by the amazing Jools Holland to perform Good Morninâ Blues. The first chord of Brown Eyed Girl brought the
entire room to its feet and the evening ended in euphoria of Gloria.
The audience, which included Naomi Campbell, Bill Nighy, Jemima Khan, Gillian Anderson, Laura Bailey, Gary
Hume, Eva Herzigova, Poppy Delevingne and Christian Louboutin were treated to a delicious supper of Swiss
soufflĂ© and madeleines by the marvellous Sally Clarke of Clarkeâs restaurant in Kensington. They drank
champagne from Laurent Perrier, Estrella Galicia beers and Hendricks gin, Reyka Vodka and Glenfiddich whisky
all donated by William Grant & Sons spirits.
It was Sothebyâs own charismatic Oliver Barker who auctioned off the live performances of greatest hits with his
usual dedication to Hoping. If that wasnât enough, the silent auction offered guests the opportunity to bid on a
range of priceless lots including a bespoke Bella Freud signature jumper designed in collaboration with the
winner, the opportunity to have a portrait taken by renowned photographer Mary McCartney, or dinner cooked
at home by Skye Gyngell, celebrated head chef of Spring. Charlotte Tilbury, who donated a make-up tutorial and
personally selected make-up kit, bid on a trip to Christian Louboutinâs atelier in Paris for a bespoke pair of shoes
designed by Christian himself.
The evening carried on into the wee small hours as revellers danced to the sounds of DJ Fat Tony & Josh of Disco
As a lasting memento, CĂ©lineâs Phoebe Philo designed a special Hoping for Palestine bag for each guest packed
with beauty products by Sisley and unique Bella Freud Hoping for Palestine t-shirt and box of matches.
The evening marked yet another momentous occasion in the charityâs extraordinary history, raising almost
ÂŁ300,000 for Palestinian refugee children.
Notes to Editors:
THE HOPING FOUNDATION
Founded by fashion designer Bella Freud & Oxford academic Karma Nabulsi, The Hoping Foundation supports
Palestinian refugee children living in camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. The charity gives
grants to community centres in the camps that run arts, sports and education projects for the children. These
activities range from football tournaments, summer camps and scout groups to theatre workshops, film making
clubs and university scholarships.
Hoping stands for Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation. This next generation will be the
key to peace. Hoping shows Palestinian children that their struggle to transform their lives is encouraged and
supported by people in Britain and throughout the rest of the world. Hopingâs grant application procedure seeks
out projects and initiatives by community groups already working with children in the refugee camps and
supports them, aiming to encourage and improve all aspects of the childrenâs lives through art, music, social and
sporting activities; and to help with their education and health.
For further information on âGreatest Hitsâ for Hoping Foundation contact
Antonia Thier â Antonia@gillianmcvey.com Tel +44 (0)20 7965 8455 / +44 (0)7860 339 862