Annual Luncheon – 7th March, 2016
Another happy event at Fortnum & Mason with record funds raised – over £16,000 – thanks to the wonderful array of raffle and auction prizes (see link below).
Our largest group of ‘lunchers’ yet were there in support – gentlemen and ladies. Thank you all.
Annual Luncheon – 2nd March, 2015
2015 was a sensational luncheon all round. A happy, sunny and buzzing affair with record breaking results! We raised just under £14,500 net! Not least due to wonderful generosity all round – from guests, to donors, to bidders, to raffle buyers, to Fortnums.
Special thanks to Carolyn Dunster of Simply Roses for the flowers, Anya Hindmarch for her divine handbag, Organise-Us for their elegant notebook gifts for everyone (!) and beautiful handbags for our raffle and auction and so many more….
The Committee (LEFT!!) can’t wait to welcome you all again next year!
Christmas Luxury Market
London – 20th November, 2014
You can see the details of the market at Luxury Christmas Market. This was our inaugural ‘market’ and we were looked after beautifully by Tower 42 – special mention to their concierge Terry Burns who was a star! With stallholders donating 10% of their takings on the day to KLF, we were delighted to raise just over £1000.
Annual Luncheon – 3rd March, 2014
Our tried and tested formula hit the nail on the head once again with a marvellous lunch in the delectable surroundings of Fortnum & Mason. We are delighted to have raised almost £12,000 this year, our second highest sum to date – no mean feat in these climes! Thanks as always go to our most generous supporters – those who attend on the day, those who donate prizes, many more behind the scenes and of course the wonderful F&M staff. Roll on next year.
Annual Luncheon – 4th March, 2013
This graph shows the income split since 2010 across the primary luncheon activities. This year we were delighted to raise a massive net total of over £12,100. Bearing in mind we were just shy of 140 lovely ladies and generous gentlemen that is pretty impressive. We were able to donate a cheque for £10,000 to Cathy Wilson, the Interim Head of School at the Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Highlights of the day included a guest appearance from Joseph Maziak, aged 7 months and a witty speech with fond memories of Katie by Joseph’s granddad, Richard Greenwood, a close family friend of Katie’s and ex England Rugby international and coach. Our auction and raffle prizes were fabulous as always and we are most grateful to those who support us year in and year out. As you can see from the graph, the raffle and auction are a vital part of our fundraising so the quality of the prizes is critical.
We’ve finally uploaded the photos from the lunch to the internet so you can take a look back at the fun we had in May. Click Here to view.
Annual Luncheon – 14th May, 2012
Katie’s 10th anniversary lunch—a tribute to a special daughter and friend.
“It is a great testament to Katie that we are here today, 10 years later to toast her, remember her and celebrate what has been achieved in her name. The fact that she can still draw a crowd speaks volumes about our friend Katie Wohlrab.”
“Katie was a vivacious, pull-no-punches kind of girl, with the chic Continental fashion style that made her really stand out (I’m talking stripey tights and RaRa skirts here). Katie’s intelligence, good humour and wit always shone through and she will always be a very fond part of my early days here in the UK.”
“Katie was a Leo. She regularly quoted the traits of her star sign as a way of explaining who she was and even for those who are horoscope sceptics, it is uncanny how well she fitted the Leo mould! As a starter, Leo’s have a zest for life and a warm spirit. They are social butterflies and people always naturally gravitate to them. This was Katie to a tee. She also had an admirable inner strength—Leos can be very independent and thrive on being in control. Ultimately Katie was a generous, loyal, fun loving and wonderfully rewarding friend who lived life to the full.”
Our tried and tested lunch formula worked wonders again, albeit in May and not February, due to refurbishment on Fortnum & Mason’s 4th Floor—the restaurant is now called The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
A cheque for £15,000 was donated to The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing & Rehabilitation and we raised just shy of £9,500 on the day.
Our thanks go out to all our lovely ladies and the odd gentleman who come to enjoy the lunch, without whom we would be unable to fulfil our goals in the world of lymphoedema, all in Katie’s name. An equally big thanks goes to those who generously donate luxurious and coveted prizes for our raffle and auction lots. Some have donated since our inception and others are new this year, but all are invaluable.
The last two years we’ve also had the pleasure of welcoming Katie’s nieces— Hermione and Hebe (right), who have done such a wonderful job selling Pat’s beautiful notelets. Katie would have been very proud of them.
Annual Luncheon – 28th February, 2011
What a marvellous lunch we had with Suggs (of pop group Madness fame) at the helm! We filled the St. James’s Restaurant and had another extremely successful and fun time with lots of wonderful raffle and auction prizes.
Suggs was on top form, especially when it came to raffling a pair of Jeremy Clarkson’s jeans! Thank you to all the contributors of the prizes without which we wouldn’t have managed to raise a grand total of almost £10,000.
We were able to give the Royal Marsden School of Nursing a cheque for £15,000 and based on the take up of funded places in the last 12 months that may not last very long!
Jane Wigg (featured in our last newsletter) was with us to talk to us about what our funding means to her course participants. The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation work closely with Jane to offer MLD training to therapists who have already completed the existing lymphoedema module to ensure they have all the skills required to treat patients with cancer-related lymphoedema. As always it is important to ensure we all know what we are raising funds for in amongst the general merriment!
Tony McGee, fashion photographer extraordinaire gave up his time to take our official photographs and you will see what an improvement on our usual amateur efforts this is. In fact we have been able to upload the photos to our website should you wish to download any of yourself – click here!
We cannot thank you all enough in whatever guise you support us, from our longstanding lunch ladies, to our raffle and auction prize donors, to Fortnum & Mason (F&M) and our lovely flower lady Keeley of The Tropical Plant Company. F&M and Keeley generously give us such discounted prices that we can make that little bit extra for our efforts and yours!
Annual Luncheon – 22nd February, 2010
Our fifth luncheon at Fortnums was an amazing success this year. We entertained almost 160 ladies in the Fourth Floor Restaurant. The food and service was delicious as always thanks to Fortnums.
We raised a spectacular £11,200, an increase of 40% on last year which in itself was incredibly successful. Thank you to everyone for their generosity. We also handed over a cheque to The Royal Marsden for £20,000!
Once again we had stunning orchids on every table and our VIP guests included Sarah Bateson, Head of Fundraising, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, the Rt Hon. Frank Field MP, recently appointed by David Cameron to head a group looking into the state of poverty in the UK and Professor Peter Mortimer of The Royal Marsden Hospital. Professor Mortimer is a key figure in the world of lymphoedema in the UK and he gave an enlightening speech about the condition and its progress in the UK.
Our celebrity guest speaker was Jason Leonard, an English former rugby union prop forward whose record as the world’s most-capped forward still stands. As an England player, Leonard won the highest international accolades possible: Grand Slams (1991, 1992, 1995 and 2003) and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also won a British and Irish Lions Test series (on the 1997 tour of South Africa). He was very witty and charmed all of the ladies!
Our array of raffle prizes matched previous years in terms of luxury and desirability, as always including our star prize of an Anya Hindmarch handbag. We also expanded our Silent Auction and offered lots such as golf with Nick Dougherty, a cake a month from Catherine Weinstein of Marie Antoinette Home Made Cakes and another week’s internship with top fashion designer Maria Grachvogel. All very special! Pat even allowed Katie’s ‘Big Bear’ to be auctioned. Thank you to donors and supporters alike. We are humbled by your generosity!
Annual Luncheon – 23rd February, 2009
Our fourth luncheon at Fortnums was a delightful occasion, despite some unexpected challenges – a power cut, a fire alarm, the battery ran out on the microphone and the staff cooked the meal in semi-darkness as we were on emergency lighting in the dining room!!! A big thank you to Fortnums who coped admirably with these severe obstacles!
Thanks to everyone’s generosity we raised over £8,000, well above previous years, which is a wonderful achievement considering the credit crunch.
The room looked truly stunning with orchids on every table. Our VIP guests included Shelley Dolan, Chief Nurse and Mary Woods, Clinical Nurse Specialist Lymphoedema, from The Royal Marsden Hospital. Shelley made an inspiring speech, followed by Marcus Wohlrab, Katie’s brother who spoke to us about his forthcoming Himalayan Challenge. Pat handed over a cheque for £15,000 towards training bursaries in 2009 and we will also be sponsoring Mary in her endeavours to become a qualified practitioner so that she can include more Manual Lymph Drainage in the Royal Marsden’s programmes.
Jenny thanked Mike Fish and Emma for all their hard work in delivering this website whose launch coincided with the lunch!
The raffle was luxurious as always with some extraordinarily generous prizes, including tickets to the Masters tennis at the Albert Hall with lunch in the players’ area and a £300 voucher for Maria Grachvogel’s spring and summer collection. As always Anya Hindmarch donated one of her beautiful handbags (The Perry) and we had a number of prizes from Denmark courtesy of Katie’s old friend Becca Shaw Frandsen.
For the first time we ran a silent auction due to a number of unique and non-raffle-able prizes which included a week’s internship at top fashion designer Maria Grachvogel’s, either as a PR or a Design Assistant; a photographic portrait including makeover at top UK fashion photographer Tony McGee’s studio; tickets to a Madness concert including backstage passes and signed Austin Healey dancing shoes! Will Greenwood, our celebrity guest announced the winners and conducted a reverse auction for Austin’s shoes which resulted in lots of fun and laughter! The auction raised a magnificent £3,909 – amazing!
We were delighted to welcome Sarah Stacey, You Magazine’s Wellbeing Editor too and we hope to see some national coverage on the Fund and lymphoedema at some point later in the year.
So, a success all round, made possible by the 184 ladies (including a few gentlemen!) who supported the event so generously. We hope they all enjoyed the day as much as we did!
Annual Luncheon – 25th February, 2008
We now have a very good relationship with Fortnum & Mason which supports us in many ways with the organization of our lunch. We were lucky to have England Rugby World Champion, Will Greenwood, with us. He handed out the raffle prizes and generously hugged all the lucky winners! We presented a cheque to The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation for £10,000. Our fundraising on these occasions comes from ticket sales of which £10 per ticket goes to KLF, the raffle, donations, sales of Pat’s notelets and the table flower arrangements. We also collect sponsorship pledges for our ‘Sporting Fundraiser’ for the year. This year it was Simon Fisher in the London Marathon.
Annual Luncheon – 19th February, 2007
At this lunch, Anya Hindmarch, designer, who has been a regular supporter of KLF since its inception and who was a friend of Katie’s, pulled the raffle as well as donating a fabulous bag from her collection. Pat Wohlrab presented Sara Lister, Head of The School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation, with a cheque for £5,000. Pledges for our Sporting Fundraiser were made – Three Peaks Challenge, Phil Sadler and Dave Evans.
Annual Luncheon – 27th February, 2006
This was our first lunch at Fortnum & Mason and the first since the launch. We haven’t changed the venue since because our lunches there have been so wonderful! We were a little uncertain as to how successful it would be without the umbrella of Good Housekeeping, but we needn’t have worried. It was a huge success and on that day we presented a cheque for £5,500 to The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation. Later on in the year we gave a further £3,500 to the school and £1,000 to Denise Claughton to enable her to become a full-time lymphoedema therapist. Our guests of honour were Angela Roden from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Lorraine Brown, one of our scholars, who works at the Royal Hampshire Hospital in Winchester. It was poignant and appropriate because Katie was treated at this hospital shortly before she died. Pledges for our Sporting Fundraiser were made – Simon Fisher ran the Edinburgh marathon.
Launch Luncheon – Thursday, 21st October, 2004
Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored our inaugural lunch and promoted it in their October issue of that year which was dedicated to breast cancer. This event was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. It was a splendid affair and we were subsequently able to sponsor our first 4 nurses with a cheque for £2,000.