Foreign Sisters UK

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House - Foreign Sisters Lunch 2019

Foreign Sisters Annual Lunch

Foreign Sisters was founded by Lady Palumbo in 2007 under the umbrella of Cancer Research UK's National Events Committee. The objective of the group is to mobilise a dynamic and powerful group - high profile foreign women in the UK - to increase awareness of the work and international standing of Cancer Research UK, and to support the outstanding and vital work of its scientists and doctors.

Over the past 14 years, Foreign Sisters has raised over £1.8m for Cancer Research UK through an annual luncheon attended by women from over 60 countries based or living in London. Their greatest achievement has been raising £1m since 2012 for the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical research institute in King's Cross, where the Foreign Sisters have been able to fund a laboratory of their own. The Foreign Sisters now raise vital funds for CanTest to improve and develop new ways of diagnosing cancer in GP surgeries.

This year’s event will be held on 17th May 2022 at the beautiful Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House and is generously sponsored by Pomellato.

Foreign Sisters Committee

Lady Hayat Palumbo


Founder: Lady Hayat Palumbo

2022 Chairs: Kathryn Raphael & Debora Staley

2022 Committee: Lavinia Gilbey, Marie Kluth, Arabella van Niekerk, Gena West, Ileana Vidaurri, & Polyana Santos

Foreign Sisters 2022

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

Venue: The Royal Opera House

Tables of 10 available at £2,000

Please get in touch with a member of our Special Events team by clicking on the link below.

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The Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley is the emblem of the Foreign Sisters. This May flower represents the renewed hope that Cancer Research UK offers each time a breakthrough is achieved, and symbolises the friendship and community of Foreign Sisters.

Sponsor photo

This year’s lunch is generously sponsored by Pomellato

Brief History of Previous Events

Lunch 2007: hosted at the River Café, sponsored by Harry Winston, £18,000 raised
Lunch 2008: hosted at Nobu Berkeley, sponsored by Harry Winston and Hardy Amies, £48,000 raised
Lunch 2009: hosted at the home of Doris Riachy, £19,000 raised
Lunch 2010: hosted at Bluebird, £48,000 raised
Lunch 2011: hosted at The Savoy, sponsored by N.OOR Jewellery, Noor Fares and Liza Bruce, £134,000 raised
Lunch 2012: hosted at The Dorchester, sponsored by Avakian, £120,000 raised
Lunch 2013: hosted at The Dorchester, sponsored by House of Worth, £90,000 raised
Lunch 2014: hosted at Phillips, Howick Place, sponsored by DIOR, £160,000 raised
Lunch 2015: hosted at the Royal Opera House, sponsored by DIOR, £220,000 raised
10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner 2016: hosted at Banqueting House, Whitehall, sponsored by DIOR, £300,000 raised
Lunch 2017: hosted at One Marylebone, sponsored by Chanel, Phillips and Value Retail, £237,725 raised
Lunch 2018: hosted at Landmark London, sponsored by Pomellato, £203,000 raised
Lunch 2019: hosted at the Royal Opera House, sponsored by Pomellato, £160,000 raised

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