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Philanthropists gather in Monaco for the Butterfly Ball, supporting UK charity

This Friday and Saturday, those with deep pockets will be in Monaco having a blast while raising money for disabled children and their families.

John Cauldwell and Modesta Vzesniauskaite, courtesy of Caudwell Children Foundation

Renowned philanthropists, John Caudwell and Modesta Vzesniauskaite, a former Olympic cyclist, are set to host their annual weekend of fundraising in Monaco their Cycle with Champions and Butterfly Ball events on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of September.

Held entirely outdoors, the two charity events have both been masterminded by former professional cyclist, Modesta, and have been able to go ahead thanks to extensive collaboration with the venues and the local health authorities to ensure the most up-to-date social distancing and health safety control measures are followed.

Last year's events raised a record-breaking €1.3 million which went directly to the UK-based charity, Caudwell Children. When asked about the highlight of the weekend Mr Caudwell commented: “After such a traumatic and disruptive period in all our lives, to come together safely and share in the warmth of friendship while helping some of the most disadvantaged families in the UK was a very special experience and the money raised will go a long way in helping children all over the UK.”

What is Caudwell Children?

Based in the UK, it is a national children’s charity founded in 2000 by John Caudwell and led by CEO, Trudi Beswick. The charity has since supported over 55,000 disabled children with 653 different medical conditions. In 2019 they officially opened the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility for the assessment, intervention and research of autism.

To date, Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £85million to over 55,000 children with 652 different medical conditions. The charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing specialist direct family support, equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its supported holidays and short breaks services.

Cycling event

On Friday 24th September a group of cyclists, which last year included UK cycling legend and 2021 Tour de France Green Jersey Winner, Mark Cavendish, will set off for a 85km one-day sponsored ride through the Cote D’Azur, tackling some of the region’s mountainous terrain before descending into the port of Monaco.

The cycling event holds a special place in Modesta's heart: “John and I met through cycling and it is one of greatest loves. To combine this with our greatest passion, helping charity, gives us great joy and we are so grateful to everyone who joins us to take part here in Monaco and helps to raise money for Caudwell Children.”

The Butterfly Ball

On Saturday 25th September, all attention turns to the outdoor terrace at the luxurious Monte Carlo Bay Hotel where invited guests will join John and Modesta under the stars for an evening of exquisite hospitality, entertainment and, of course, fundraising.

"We are so incredibly grateful,” stated Cauldwell Chidlren CEO, Trudi Beswick. “We are overwhelmed, both by John and Modesta’s unrelenting commitment and support. These fabulous events come at a time when disabled children and families are feeling more isolated and afraid than ever before, and when it has not been possible to deliver our usual calendar of fundraising events. The supporters of these events will literally be a lifeline to Caudwell Children, and will enable us to continue being a lifeline to the families we support.

Mr Caudwell remains the Chairman Emeritus and the charity’s most passionate supporter. Each year, he personally donates the charity’s administration and management overhead, enabling 100% of all direct donations to be spent directly on the children and families they support.

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