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Dress code: Black/White tie. Formal military Mess Dress and National Dress are also encouraged. Long gowns for ladies.
Beneficiary charity: Big Change


We will welcome you to a sparkling reception followed by a sumptuous 3 course meal with fine wines and free-flowing drinks for the rest of evening. You will be treated to star entertainers, live music and dancing.

There will be a special auction hosted by a guest auctioneer and a raffle with top quality prizes.

The theme of the evening will be about aspiration and helping young people from difficult backgrounds to fulfil their potential. The Dream Ball’s message is that it does not matter where you come from but it is about where you are going and that anyone should be able to rise above the circumstances of their birth to achieve what they want in life.


Message from HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Co-founder of Big Change


Message from the Prime Minister

Latest News

The Dream Ball 2018

Dream Ball 2019 successfully takes place

On 14th November, The Dream Ball returned for its fourth edition. This year we were proud to partner with Tramp nightclub in Mayfair who treated us to a champagne reception, 3 course meal and convivial surroundings. We were lucky to have music by the fabulous singing duo Social Season during the reception and a special guest performance from 2 x Brit award winning Heather Small from M People after dinner who wowed us with her greatest hits such as ‘Proud’ ‘Moving on Up’ and Search for the Hero’

The Dream Ball 2018


The Dream Ball successfully took place once again on 1st November 2018 at the stunning Lancaster House. We were delighted to welcome our new ambassador, TV personality Georgia Toffolo as well as singing legend Katrina from Katrina and the Waves who performed her greatest hits including ‘Walking on Sunshine.’ In addition we were thrilled to be able to have song and dance troupe ‘West End Kids’ perform for us. The importance of taking our responsibility to make the big changes in society that are needed was highlighted and once again The Dream Ball is proud to support the Big Change charity which seeks to tackle the root cause of young people that get left behind in difficult circumstances. The next Dream Ball will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019. Thank you to our Patron, Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP, the organising committee, our sponsors and guests for making this event a possibility.

The Dream Ball 2017


We are pleased to announce that The Dream Ball 2017 successfully took place on Thursday 16th November and £30,500 was donated to the ‘Big Change’ charity from the event. Singing sensation Natalie Imbruglia, BBC’s 2016 Apprentice winner Alana Spencer and Minister Richard Harrington MP were amongst the guests in attendance at the beautiful Lancaster House to support this cause to improve the life chances of young people from difficult circumstances. We were once again very thankful to our Patron – Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP; our title sponsor – Associated British Ports and also Bentley Motors for providing their stunning cars as transport to the after party. Dream Ball Founder & Chairman Annesley Abercorn said, “I am thrilled that everyone I have spoken to who attended this year’s event had a fabulous time and in aid of a very important charity in our country. Big Change has a different approach to philanthropic support whereby they invest in projects at their embryonic stage and scale them up to a national scale in order to make a hugely positive impact on young people’s lives. I am very pleased that Big Change is our beneficiary charity and am very excited about what we can do at next year’s Dream Ball due to take place on Thursday 1st November 2018.”

We are very grateful to all guests, donors and sponsors for their support. Tickets now available for the 2018 event.


We are delighted to announce that the Prime Minister, Theresa May has issued a message of support to The Dream Ball in advance of the event on 16th November. Dream Ball Founder, Annesley Abercorn said, ‘Once again, we are honoured to have our work recognised at the highest level and this highlights the importance of backing social mobility and aspiration for young people in our country.’


Our Charity

During the course of our work we have seen how difficult circumstances can constrain young people and given Big Change’s reputation for tackling this issue; we would like to put the event’s proceeds towards these causes. As well as any profit from the ticket fee, funds will be generated from the auction, raffle and other fundraising activities on the evening.


Big Change

Big Change was founded by a group of friends including HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Holly and Sam Branson.

Big Change was created to think differently about the role that charity can play in driving change for young people in the UK. They wanted to do more that just treat symptoms, they wanted to positively move things forward. To that end, they back solutions that demonstrate alternative ways of supporting young people- helping them to thrive in life, not just in exams.

The projects supported by Big Change equip young people with the tools and confidence to thrive in life so we prevent problems, rather than deal with them after the event (based on early intervention and positive psychology methods).

Big Change supports big ideas at an early stage to help them prove their impact. This way, they can go on and become part of the way things are done (based on venture capital and tech incubator models).

Over the last three years Big Change has worked with innovative projects from 21 TrustFrontlineReclaim and Franklin Scholars to name just a few. These are dynamic organisations that are equipping young people with key skills and confidence to tackle whatever life throws at them.  They all have big ambitions for long-term social change – helping to make that happen is what inspires all of the team at Big Change.

Dream Ball Founder & Chairman, Annesley Abercorn pictured with the Founders of the Big Change charity:  Isabella and Holly Branson, Sam Richardson, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Sam Branson and Phil Nevin.

Dream Ball Founder & Chairman, Annesley Abercorn pictured with the Founders of the Big Change charity: Isabella and Holly Branson, Sam Richardson, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Sam Branson and Phil Nevin.

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors who are helping to make this an unforgettable event.

If you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities with The Dream Ball, please email mail@dreamball.co.uk

The Venue

Lancaster House is a beautiful Grade-I listed mansion in St James’s which has hosted major state occasions, Presidents and Prime Ministers and even played the setting for highly acclaimed films such as The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, and Young Victoria as it frequently doubles as the interior of Buckingham Palace. The Great Staircase, the Long Gallery, the stunning Music Room and others will house the evening’s offerings and entertainments.

Auction & Raffle

We have many prizes in the pipeline which will make the evening’s auction and the raffle very exciting.

To donate to the auction or raffle please email mail@dreamball.co.uk



Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP

Founder and Chairman

Annesley Abercorn


Committee Members

Thomas Fieldhouse
Basia Hamilton
James Innes
Tim MacAndrews

Legal Adviser

Simon Vumbaca, ASV Law


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