6.30pm until late

Lancaster House

Stable Yard, London SW1A 1BB

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

This beautiful Grade I Listed mansion 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 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.’




After almost a year of hard work, The Dream Ball Committee are delighted to report that The inaugural Dream Ball was a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year. Guests were welcomed to the beautiful Lancaster House to the sounds of The Royal College of Music string quartet followed by a champagne reception accompanied by talented pianist Sarah Hawkyard. Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke hosted the Ball brilliantly and we heard from speeches from Annesley Abercorn, our Patron Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador – Faridya Aden and Big Change’s Ambassador – Karl Lokko. Our legendary auctioneer Jonny Gould had the room in hysterical laughter and raised a huge sum for us. We were delighted to be joined by Irene Forte, Lorna Fitzgerald, Amber Atherton, James & Ola Jordan amongst others. The amazing Lettice Rowbotham treated us to an energetic electric violin set. Big thanks also to top DJ Guy Laurie who rounded off the night on the dancefloor and we are so grateful to the private members’ club LouLou’s/5 Hertford Street for hosting the stunning VIP after party.

The Dream Ball’s Founder & Chairman, Annesley Abercorn said “To see an idea I conceived actually materialise and come into fruition has been an incredible journey and worth it for two brilliant charities to support aspiration and life changing programmes for young people from difficult circumstances. Everybody who attended The Dream Ball had a brilliant time and I would like to give heartfelt thanks to my committee and Patron, our sponsors, our VIPs and celebrity guests; all of whom made this Dream Ball a reality and the great success that it was. I am now looking forward to Dream Ball 2017 and we are very much looking forward to announcing details of that soon.”


Tickets for The Dream Ball 2018 are now on sale

Tickets include:
Welcome Champagne Reception
3 course meal with fine wines
Special guests, patrons and ambassadors in attendance
Guest auctioneer, prize draw
and live entertainment
DJ and dancing
Unlimited open bar

Founding and standard tickets are available at the advertised price with a discount of 10% if purchased in groups of ten. Please email: tickets@dreamball.co.uk for any queries.

VIP ticket holders will get preferential seating closer to the stage and be invited to an exclusive after party at a top London private members’ club.

Standard Tickets £250


VIP options:

Dream: All of the above plus preferential seating. £350
Gold: All of the above plus seating close to the stage with a celebrity hosting your table. £500
Platinum: All of the above plus seating on top table with our Patrons, Ambassadors and headline guests. £1000

To order tickets, please use the booking form below.

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All profits raised from the event will go directly to the charity. The Ball is being organised entirely by a committee of dedicated volunteers meaning that no administration costs are being incurred.

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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's founder, Annesley Abercorn with Holly Branson, Co-founder of Big Change

Dream Ball’s founder, Annesley Abercorn with Holly Branson, Co-founder of Big Change

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

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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

Edward Collins
Thomas Fieldhouse
Elle Gauld
Laura Godwin
Basia Hamilton
James Innes
Tim MacAndrews
Charlie Methven
Tiffany Saunders

Partnerships and Sponsorships

James Innes


Legal Adviser

Simon Vumbaca, ASV Law


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