Kate Winslet hosts fundraiser for homeless charity

21:45 18 May 2013

Actress Kate Winslet and Clive Anderson (left) co-host a fund raising dinner for the charity Cardboard Citizens at the Drapers Hall in the City of London. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Actress Kate Winslet and Clive Anderson (left) co-host a fund raising dinner for the charity Cardboard Citizens at the Drapers Hall in the City of London. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

A-lister Kate Winslet ramped up the glitz and glam to address the “heartbreaking” situation of youngsters living rough.

The Oscar-winning actress co-hosted a fundraiser tonight with Clive Anderson in the City of London for Cardboard Citizens, a charity which gets the homeless involved in theatre.

With 170 guests attending, the 38-year-old donned a Beaton’s Atelier ball mask to match the event’s theme of secret beauty.

Wearing a Helmut Lang jacket and Roger Vivier shoes, she was joined at Drapers Hall by the likes of artist Tracey Emin and Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

Guests were invited to bid in a charity auction for luxuries such as afternoon tea at Claridge’s, a bespoke Burberry trenchcoat and a sculpture made with quartz crystal.

Speaking about her work as a patron for the charity, Winslet said she had been attracted by how it uses creativity to turn troubled lives around.

She said: “Anyone has the capacity to act and to express themselves, it’s just that they don’t always know how to do that or have the means to do that.”

Asked if she had ever been forced to sleep rough, she said: “No, I haven’t, but of course homelessness should be important to all of us.

“It’s a terrible situation that any young person should be homeless and should have something that they had to run away from.

“I’m no different to anyone else, it’s a heartbreaking prospect and I think what Cardboard Citizens is doing to help to change that and to encourage a different type of life for homeless individuals is really, really special.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, July 3, 2015
Lewisham Hospital (Picture: PA Images)

A woman from south-east London broke her elbow, went to A&E in Lewisham and then wrote this heartwarming ‘complaint’ letter to NHS staff about her time in hospital.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about the incident in Liverpool Street

A 12-year-old girl is ‘traumatised’ after being sexually assaulted by a drunk pervert at Liverpool Street station last night.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Azelle Rodney was shot dead 10 years ago (Photo: PA Wire)

A Met marksman who who blasted suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney six times at close range 10 years ago has been cleared of his murder.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Back to school time (Picture: The Art of Dining)

Claptonwill call the register and tick off a school dinners themed pop-up restaurant offering posh grub, homework and a milk monitor to east Londoners

Friday, July 3, 2015
Ruby the pygmy goat (Picture: RSPCA)

An adorable pygmy goat has been found roaming through St. Helier park, Carshalton and the RSPCA are now appealing for help to trace her owner.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more