“Gift of Life” Charity Auction

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“Gift of Life” Charity Auction

The cream of London’s Russian society converged on The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square to launch the London branch of the Russian children’s charity “Gift of Life” Foundation.

They included Arsenal footballer Andrei Arshavin and model Natalia Vodianova who arrived with her 10-year-old son Lucas and her new beau Antoine Arnault, son of LVMH head Bernard Arnault. The auction raised £300,000. 

The foundation “Podari Zhuzn” (Gift of Life) is a leading charity in Russia that supports children with cancer. It was founded in 2006 by two leading Russian actresses Chulpan Khamatova and Dina Korzun. At the moment it is the biggest charity in Russia working in this field; it annually provides help to more than 2000 young patients in Russian hospitals: pays for the procedures and medicine not provided by the government; looks for bone marrow donors, and provides social and psychological help to the patients and their parents.

In 2011 “Gift of Life” (a sister charity to the “Podari Zhizn”) started to operate in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to raise funds for the benefit of children with cancer who get care from Gift of Life Russia. Co-founder of “Podari Zhizn”, Dina Korzun, who lives with her family in London, actively participates in the running of this new foundation.


Photographer: Hazel Thompson