Stunning actress Janine Nerissa stepped out in London last week to support a charity close to her heard – JDRF. The leading global charity to cure type 1 diabetes, JDRF, staged a private view and fundraising event at the LAPADA Art & ANTIQUES FAIR in Mayfair’s elegant Berkeley Square on 17th September, 2018, which raised a stunning £240,000.
Janine, looking every inch the movie star in a blue Karen Milan dress, attended with her film producer partner Jonathan Sothcott and revealed that their son, Gabriel, has had type 1 diabetes for 5 years. Janine is a passionate supporter of JDRF and has run the London marathon and climbed Mount Snowdon to raise funds for them.
Tickets sold for the event, as well as from the raffle and auction – which featured a private lesson with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the cellist who performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – allows JDRF to support important research towards finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.
As well as raising money, the event helped to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes with its #unmasktype1 theme. Type 1 diabetes is known as the hidden condition because there are no external symptoms, but people with type 1 diabetes have to rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive.
Attendees of the Venetian-themed drinks reception were treated to a private view of the fair, which is the leading destination for international collectors and buyers looking to source one-of-a-kind objects, while being entertained by the Midnight Blue jazz trio and magician and illusionist, Jamie Raven.
This was followed by a dinner party with a menu designed by Theo Randall at the InterContinental and entertainment from the London Festival Opera.
The night was topped off by a live auction hosted by renowned auctioneer Hugh Edmeades which included a bespoke brooch designed and created for the JDRF Party at LAPADA by Lucas Rarities, and the Hermes classic Black Birkin handbag, generously donated by Lilac Blue London.