- Dancers from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, BalletBoyz and Strictly Come Dancing performed.
- The evening raised invaluable funds to support vital research into new treatments to prevent preterm birth.
- Darcey and Michael were joined by Borne Patrons Will and Caro Greenwood, Borne Ambassador Greg Rusedski and 250 guests of the charity Borne.
The magical Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House was the venue for a unique evening of dance by performers from Strictly Come Dancing, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and BalletBoyz, all on the same stage for one evening only.
Hosted by Dame Darcey Bussell and BalletBoyz co-founder, Michael Nunn, the evening was attended by some 250 guests, united in their support for Borne’s pioneering research into the prevention of preterm birth.
Preterm birth affects 15 million babies worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, it is the leading cause of childhood mortality in the world today and leaves many babies that survive with lifelong disability.
Dame Darcey Bussell, a Patron of the charity, said:
Michael Nunn OBE, Borne Ambassador and co-founder of BalletBoyz, said:
Borne’s vision is a world where a child’s first day should not be its hardest, or its last. Professor Mark Johnson, Professor of Obstetrics at Imperial College, Head of R&D at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Founder of Borne said: “We need a deeper understanding of pregnancy to understand what causes preterm labour, and only then can we design targeted treatments for each cause.”
Thank you to everyone who made the evening a resounding success!