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Published Date: 01 October 2010


Bee Gee Robin Gibb opened his doors to 400 guests last weekend, as he hosted a designer fashion show and couture English tea in aid of the national charity, Against Breast Cancer, at his home in Thame.

Wife of Robin Gibb, Dwina Murphy-Gibb, is a patron of the national charity Against Breast Cancer and held the event titled 'A Splash of Pink' at her home to help raise the charity reach its £1million target.


TV presenters and personalities such as Ben Shepherd and X factor winner 2009 Joe McElderry enjoyed a live designer catwalk fashion show before live performances from Natasha Hamilton and Elan Lee were followed by Robin and his band.


In regards to the ex-Atomic Kitten's live performance who only gave birth less than 12 weeks ago, the charity's marketing manager Fiona Smart said: "Wow, what a voice, she was excellent, quite the little powerhouse, she will undoubtedly do well in her role when she is due to take on in the west end musical, Blood Brothers.


"It was an outstanding evening, and by the end everyone was up and dancing to Saturday Night Fever, even the waiters joined in."


Marking the start of breast cancer awareness month, the Splash of Pink Fashion Show raised in excess of £60,000, which will help the charity reach its annual goal of £1m.


The donation will help to fund a new blood test being developed to detect the secondary spread of breast cancer.


Researchers are working towards finding a vaccine.


A host of stars from the worlds of business, TV and sport arrived wearing a splash of pink including Simon Cowell's mother and honorary president of the charity, Julie Cowell, patrons Ben Shephard, Duncan Bannatyne and Jimmy Choo, and 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry on behalf of patron Simon Cowell.


Further patrons who attended include Paul Costelloe, Noel Edmonds, Keith Duffy, Meg Mathews, Sinitta and Michael Portillo.


Director of Against Breast Cancer, Gordon Vallance, said, 'We have been astounded by the huge amount of goodwill and generosity shown to the charity for our event by both individuals and organizations.


"Robin and Dwina have been incredibly kind in letting us use their home for this special event. Everyone's time, expertise and services helped bring this ambitious project to fruition, helping to raise much needed funds for our research.'


iThame co-founder Andy McDonald, who has since created a brand new iPhone App especially for the event and provides regular updates on the charity, said: "The limousines were turning up in their numbers but we were able to walk.


"It was very relaxed with regular punters being able to mix directly with the celebs that were high in attendance on the day."


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