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.”

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