12 July 2010

It was a party held at Jemima Khan’s new £15m country mansion, Kiddington Hall, just outside Woodstock, this weekend. The charity event, for the Hoping foundation, (hosted by designer Bella Freud, the charity’s co-founder), was a fundraising gig featuring acts by music legends from Tom Jones to Pink Floyd; playing for celebrity guests including Guy Richie. There was a cocktail bar by the swanky Wolseley restaurant (espresso martinis!), and three enormous spit-roasted lambs, served with Moroccan salads. Fearne Cotton presented the acts and hosted the charity auction.

But the only thing anyone would talk about that night was the moment wannabe rockstar Kate Moss got up on stage with fiancé Jamie Hince, and musician Nick Cave.  Singing backing vocals alongside former model and long-term friend Susie Bick (Cave’s missus), partygoers reported that Moss “went nuts” with a tambourine, to Cave’s song Stagger Lee.



Kate appears with Nick Cave (left), and fiance Jamie Hince (right)

Moss’s performance also helped raise £10k for the charity, as she auctioned herself (and Bick) off to appear alongside Cave and her Kills guitarist fiance. During the performance, Ms Moss banged her tambourine so hard that it broke (rock n roll!). Fearne later suggested the supermodel autograph it so that it could be auctioned off for the charity. And what did the tattered item raise?  £5000!


Kate "went nuts" with a tambourine (above)

Moss even put her hand in her own (no doubt, Longchamp) purse – bidding £2k for Pink Floyd to sing Comfortably Numb. Other bidders also chipped in to reach a grand total of £20k. Later, Nick Cave sang Green Green Grass of Home with Tom Jones (for which Kate rewarded Jones with a giant bear-hug, leaping up from where she had been dancing alone in front of the stage).



Moss with former model (and Mrs Nick Cave) Susie Bick (left), Kate shows Tom Jones her dance moves (right) 

The whole evening raised £350k for the Hoping for the Children of Palestine foundation, which helps young people in Palestine (this year, one of the main aims objectives is setting up an online yearbook for school leavers so they can communicate with one another and share their experiences).

Moss with the charity's co-founder Bella Freud (above)

This is the third year in a row that Moss has attended the fundraising event for the charity, of which she is now a patron.  And if you were thinking it was kind, but perhaps unwise of Jemima to lend her new house out for such a rock n roll event, don’t worry. She’s just bought the stately home, but she hasn’t moved in yet. On the plus side, Jo Malone donated hundreds of scented candles for the event, so at least the place should now smell pretty divine….




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