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Hope and Optimism
for Palestinians in
the Next Generation

HOPING's Greatest Hits
Ronnie Scott's

THURSDAY 16th JUNE 

Van Morrison, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher, Jools Holland, Shane MacGowan and Rob Brydon perform at ‘Hoping’s Greatest Hits’ at London’s Ronnie Scott’s to mark 10 years of the Hoping Foundation’s benefit events for Palestinian refugee children. Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, founders of the Hoping Foundation, reunited an all-star cast for ‘Hoping’s Greatest Hits’ to celebrate 10 years of the charity’s benefit. Shane MacGowan was first up with his iconic Pogues hit Streams of Whiskey . Noel Gallagher’s moving performances of Half the World Away  and epic Oasis anthem Wonderwall  raised more than £30,000 pounds for the charity, while the emotion in the room was palpable as rock legend Chrissie Hynde hypnotised the audience
with her distinctive ballad I’ll Stand by You . Host extraordinaire of the evening, Rob Brydon, wouldn’t 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 Hoping’s stage for the first time where he was joined by the amazing Jools Holland to perform Good Mornin’ 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 soufflé and madeleines by the marvellous Sally Clarke of Clarke’s 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 Sotheby’s own charismatic Oliver Barker who auctioned off the live performances of greatest hits with his usual dedication to Hoping. If that wasn’t 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 Louboutin’s 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
Smack. As a lasting memento, Céline’s  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 charity’s extraordinary history, raising almost £300,000 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. Hoping’s 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 children’s lives through art, music, social and
sporting activities; and to help with their education and health.
www.hopingfoundation.org 

For further information on ‘Greatest Hits’ for Hoping Foundation contact Antonia Thier – Antonia@gillianmcvey.com  Tel +44 (0)20 7965 8455 / +44 (0)7860 339 862