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HRH The Princess Royal attends charity ball to raise money for deafblind children in Kenya and Uganda

24 June 2015

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of deafblind charity Sense International, attended the Sense International fundraising ball at The Artillery Garden marquee, in London on 24 June 2015.

The event was hosted by Valerie Singleton and raised in excess of £80,000 with donations still rolling in for the charity’s Finding Grace appeal, a pioneering programme to screen 300,000 infants in Kenya and Uganda for deafblindness. The appeal is supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) who will match, pound for pound, all the proceeds from the ball, and every donation made before 10 September 2015.

During her speech, The Princess Royal, spoke about furthering the work of Sense International and the importance of a new early intervention programme in Kenya and Uganda.

The event was attended by over 300 people who were entertained with music from classical singer Charlotte Jaconelli, and a live auction hosted by TV antiques expert, Charles Hanson.

Gillian Morbey, Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all those who dug deep and pledged their support during this fantastic event. We were overwhelmed by their generosity and thanks to them, we are now one step closer to establishing early intervention and screening services in Kenya and Uganda for the very first time.

“Our thanks go to our sponsors and to Valerie Singleton, Charles Hanson, Charlotte Jaconelli and The Princess Royal for making such a memorable and enjoyable evening.”

Media enquiries

For enquiries about Sense International, please contact Laura Brown at the Sense International press office on 020 7014 9381 or 07770 580 843 out of hours or email

Notes to Editors

About UK Aid Match: UK Aid Match was set up by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to give a boost to public support for charities working in the developing world. It doubles public donations to appeals run by British international development charities, in recognition of both the public’s generosity and the wide range of causes they support. For more information, see

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019