Jonathon Ross Leads Celebrities in City Fundraiser for Lowe Syndrome Trust
We are celebrating our tenth year anniversary this year and ... it will help us fund more research into the disease.
The Lowe Syndrome Trust celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, having been formed by Lorraine Thomas in March 2000, following the diagnosis that her own son, Oscar, was affected by Lowe Syndrome. When diagnosed, he was given only a few years to live; this year he turned 16.
The Trust’s tenth anniversary is being marked by a year-long mission to raise £1m in donations – and so it was that, this Monday, September 11, celebrities on behalf of the Trust spent the day at BGC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGCP), one of the world’s leading inter-dealer brokers, helping brokers to conduct transactions with BGC’s clients. Worldwide, in this way, BGC raised more than $10m for various charities by donating its day’s global revenues in commemoration of those lost in the World Trade Centre attacks. Celebrities in London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Sydney helped a wide range of charities in addition to the Lowe Syndrome Trust.
Jonathon Ross, who is also a trustee of the Lowe Syndrome charity, said: "We are celebrating our tenth year anniversary this year and so I’m delighted that BGC have included The LST in their charity day. It will help us fund more research into the disease. "
Penny Lancaster, wife of Rod Stewart and a committed Trust supporter, said: “The buzz on the trading floor was amazing. I was honoured to be involved in the BGC Charity Day to help raise money for my chosen charity, the Lowe Syndrome Trust. I even got to close a deal of turnover £25 million, which was an incredibly exciting moment.”
She continued: “It’s fantastic to think everyone at BGC Partners has given up their time for free and to be generous enough to give the day’s revenues to charity.”
Trust chair Lorraine Thomas said: “We’re so grateful to BGC Partners for making the Lowe Syndrome Trust one of its September 11 charities, and I have huge thanks for Jonathan, Penny, Tony, Melanie, Christopher and everyone who came along to support us. It was a fantastic day which enables us to move genuinely closer to finding ways of alleviating and maybe eventually curing Lowe Syndrome.”
The Trust’s tenth anniversary activities continue through the autumn and winter with launches, a film premiere and a ‘Grand Finale’ on New Year’s Eve. Lorraine Thomas has also announced today that in December the Trust will be holding a symposium to present Lowe Syndrome research results.
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About the Lowe Syndrome Trust
Supporters of the charity include trustee Jonathan Ross and patrons Penny Lancaster Stewart (wife of Rod), Tony Hadley (of Spandau Ballet), Christopher Biggins, Daily Express publisher Sir Richard Desmond, Tom Conti, Melanie Sykes, Melanie Blatt, Sir Richard Sykes and Baroness Susan Greenfield. The Trust is celebrating its tenth anniversary year in 2010 through a series of fundraising events with the target of raising £1m.
The Lowe Syndrome Trust is a UK registered charity, No 1081241.
For further information regarding Lowe Syndrome Trust tenth anniversary events and initiatives please contact Mark Emms on 0845 127 6676 or , or visit www.lowe10.com
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Lorraine Thomas, chair
Tel: 020 7794 8858 / 07958 444020
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Lorraine Thomas & Penny Lancaster Stewart on the BGC Partners trading floor, raising funds for Lowe Syndrome Trust
Lowe Syndrome Trust founder Lorraine Thomas with long-term patron Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet at BGC Partners
Melanie Blatt and Benjy Harwood, who has Lowe Syndrome