Alan Carr takes to the trading floor

On Wednesday 11 September 2019, Neuroblastoma UK patron and comedian Alan Carr took to the trading floor at the 15th annual BGC Charity Day, to help raise vital funds for neuroblastoma research. Alan was joined by the two wonderful families of Evie and Florence, who were both diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015.

The Hughes family with Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr

The Hughes family with Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr

Evie and Oscar

Evie, aged five, was joined by big brother Oscar, aged nine, mum Lynsay and dad Andy.

Evie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before Christmas 2015, when she was two years old. In March 2017, Evie got the all clear and celebrates her sixth birthday this month.

Read Evie’s story

The Jackson family with Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr

The Jackson family with Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr

Charlotte

Charlotte, aged seven, was joined by her mum Carolyn and dad Rodney.

Their little sister and youngest daughter Florence passed away in 2017, after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015. She was just two and a half years old.

Read Florence’s story

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Trading places

Alan was invited onto calls by traders to close some deals and took to the phones like an absolute pro.

Many traders also took the time to chat to the families and we are very grateful to everyone for making our special guests feel so welcomed.

Oscar with footballer Peter Crouch

Oscar with footballer Peter Crouch

Famous faces

After they walked the red carpet, our families were thrilled to meet Alan Carr and so many famous faces representing other good causes on this amazing day.

Oscar with cricketer Monty Panesar

Oscar with cricketer Monty Panesar

We were particularly grateful to compere and comedian Jimmy Carr who spent time with each family, listening to their inspiring stories.  

Other celebrities who generously stopped for a quick selfie included model Abby Clancy, footballer Peter Crouch and rugby player Will Greenwood.

As a young cricket fan, Oscar was very excited to have his Neuroblastoma UK t-shirt signed by cricket stars Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar and Eoin Morgan.

And little Evie and Charlotte were particularly in awe that a real live Prince was there too!

Family fun

The children also had lots of fun at the fantastic Lion King themed reception, being entertained by giraffes, meerkats and giant reptiles. They also enjoyed facepaints, games and crafts, generously provided by BGC and Partners. The children all left with a special goody bag and big smiles on their little faces.

Lynsay, mum to Evie and Oscar, said “Thank you so much for inviting us. We had such a fantastic time and the kids had a blast, they can’t wait for show and tell!”

Carolyn, mum to Florence and Evie said “Thank you for inviting us. We had an absolute ball, we are all quite tired now but it was all worth it, Charlotte is buzzing still!”

Evie enjoying some crafty time

Evie enjoying some crafty time

Charlotte looks roar-some in face paints!

Charlotte looks roar-some in face paints!

Thank you

We were absolutely delighted to be selected as one the many good causes to benefit from this fantastic event. This event was a pinnacle point for us as it fell during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, where we focus our efforts on raising awareness of neuroblastoma and raising more life-saving funds.

Thank you to everyone involved in making a day to remember for many years to come.

About BGC Partners

BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage, servicing the financial and real estate markets. Every year on 11th September, BGC Charity Day is hosted to commemorate the friends, colleagues and employees lost on 9/11.

This year was the 15th annual BGC Charity Day. Selected charities and their ambassadors are invited onto the trading floors in London, New York and around the world, to raise money for many good causes.  100% of global revenues raised on the day are donated to the participating charities and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, transforming thousands of lives. Over the past 14 years, over $150 million has been raised for charity.