Kate Winslet hosts Cardboard Citz Get Together
Posted on: 22 May 2017
Written by: Charlie Marshall
On Friday we celebrated an incredible 25 years of making life-changing work with and for homeless people at our biennial fundraising dinner Get Together hosted by Ambassador Kate Winslet, CBE.
The event, which also marked a decade of support from Kate, was held at The Yard in Shoreditch and was attended by nearly 200 guests including Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear. The actor pledged his ongoing support to the company as a new Cardboard Citizens Ambassador.
Get Together included a silent and live auction, fundraising games and, the highlight of the evening, a performance of a piece of work devised, written and performed by young Cardboard Citizens Members aged 16 to 25, supported by a Cardboard Citizens Member choir formed specially for the event.
Speaking about her involvement with Cardboard Citizens, Ambassador Kate Winslet said: “Over the past 10 years I’ve watched Cardboard Citizens go from strength to strength. I’ve also seen first-hand the effect that fundraising events like this have had for the charity – from helping to secure a new fit for purpose home, where Members can feel safe and part of a positive community, to enabling the organisation to work nationally, reaching more homeless people than ever before and exploring the issues that these people face across the UK.
“This year is particularly special as Cardboard Citizens celebrates 25 years of changing lives and challenging perceptions around homelessness. Let’s come together to ensure the organisation continues to thrive for at least another 25 years.”
Every year we reach thousands of people with experience of homelessness through theatre, performed by and to homeless and marginalised people in hostels, prisons, community centres and theatres. The money raised at the fundraiser will go towards ensuring we can continue this vital work.
You can check out a full gallery of photos from the event on our Facebook page here. If you’d like to donate to help ensure our life-changing work with homeless people continues, you can make a donation here.