SIR Elton John and Harry Potter author J K ROWLING were among the celebrities at London's Hampton Court Palace in aid of the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation.

The children's charity was established in memory of former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev's late wife Raisa, aiming to provide funds to help discover a cure for cancer in children.

And the star-studded gala dinner at the palace, themed around a Russian midsummer fantasy, included names as big as Madonna, LADY THATCher and SIR DAVID FROST who turned up to offer their support.

Mr Gorbachev explained that proceeds from the event, which saw Elton and THE SCISSOR SISTORS perform, would go to help provide care for children suffering from cancer in Russia.

He said: "Through the creation of the Raisa Gorbachev Centre of Children's Haematology and Transplantology in St Petersburg, much-needed medical care of an international standard will soon be available."

Other guests at the dinner included SIR Bob Geldof, Ralph Fiennes, Minnie Driver, Naomi Campbell and young HARRY POTTER actress Emma Watson.



04/06/2007 10:37:07