Foreign Sisters UK

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House - Foreign Sisters Lunch 2019

Note from Foreign Sisters

Dear Foreign Sisters,

First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at this difficult time. We are thinking of you!

Second, it is with great sadness that we write to inform you that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our Foreign Sisters Annual Lunch from May 2020 until May 2021. We very much want to keep our Foreign Sisters, all of you, safe and to host a lovely gathering when the world has recovered from COVID-19. We are so grateful to our sponsor Pomellato for their continued support during this time, and our thoughts are with them in Italy.  

We very much look to set a new date as soon as possible and will be sure to be in touch again when it is confirmed. Please note the event will still be at the Royal Opera House and we very much hope you will be able to join us again.

If you would still like to support Foreign Sisters, we also welcome any generous donations to CRUK's lifesaving cancer research work at this time here.

Thank you again for your continued support for Foreign Sisters and Cancer Research UK. We look forward to hearing from you and to coming together in 2021.

Best wishes and stay safe,


on behalf of the Foreign Sisters Executive Committee

Lady Hayat Palumbo


Founder: Lady Hayat Palumbo

2020 Chairs: Roshi Kamdar, Marie Kluth & Lauren von Stackelberg

2020 Committee: Lavinia Gilbey, Arabella van Niekerk, Debora Staley, Gena West, Ileana Vidaurri, Kathryn Raphael & Polyana Santos

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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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