Grammy award-winning singer Duffy is set to play a private gig at The Formula One Party in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity later this month. The party will be held at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday 17 June to celebrate the official launch of the British Grand Prix weekend.
Abbey and Santander are to support the event, which will raise vital funds for the hospital's new heart and lung centre, for a third year running. Tamara Ecclestone is the creative director of the party and has helped to plan and oversee the event from the early stages.
Her father and CEO of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone, said: "We have brought together the Formula One community to forge a unique partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, which has developed over many years now. I am delighted to be able to lend my support to such a great cause."
Duffy is taking time out of her European tour to entertain Formula One’s finest including McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, team principals Martin Whitmarsh, Ross Brawn and Christian Horner, and BBC F1 television presenter Jake Humphrey. The evening will be hosted by satirist and long-time Formula One fan Rory Bremner.
On the night of the Formula One Party there will also be an exclusive charity auction. Lots on offer will include the chance to enjoy a week of personalised work experience at Brawn GP and a high-speed lap of Silverstone in the Santander Abbey two-seater driven by ‘The Stig’ from BBC television’s Top Gear, before the British Grand Prix.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is the official charity for 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX and every year many of the hospital's patients are invited to enjoy the event from the paddock, where they get to meet their F1 heroes. The Silverstone weekend gets underway on June 19.