Foreign Sisters UK

Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House, which is the venue for Foreign Sisters 2019.

Royal Opera House - Foreign Sisters Lunch 2015

About Foreign Sisters

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 12 years, Foreign Sisters has raised over £1.4m for Cancer Research UK through an annual luncheon attended by women from over 60 countries based or living in London. Their greatest achievment 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 thier own.

This year’s event will be held on 1st May 2019 at the beautiful Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House and is generously sponsored by Pomellato.

Lady Hayat Palumbo


Founder: Lady Hayat Palumbo

2019 Co-chairs: Lavinia Gilbey, Lauren von Stackelberg & Roshi Kamdar

2019 Committee: Tamara Gillan, Marie Kluth, Kathryn Raphael, Debora Staley, Arabella van Niekerk, Ileana Vidaurri 

For more information

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

The 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.

Foreign Sisters Lunch 2017 at One Marylebone

One Marylebone - Lunch 2017

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

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