The Butterfly Ball has raised 1.5 million euros for UK-based Caudwell Children, a charity that helps disabled children. The sixth event was held at Monte-Carlo Bay and was a glitzy social event as well as a double auction.

All the funds raised were destined to help children in the UK, many of whom suffer from autism.

The event was organised y John Caudwell and his partner Modesta Vžesniauskaitė. The evening event followed the annual Cycle With Champions in late September.

John thanked all those who generously donated: “We’re so incredibly grateful to everyone who attended our ball and kindly donated to our cause, we wouldn’t be Caudwell Children without you. Every single penny will go to funding our vital services like autism assessments, helping families get the support they need and deserve as fast as possible. You have helped us make this possible.”

Trudi Beswick, the CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “Everyone at Caudwell Children is in awe of the generosity of the guests at this year’s Butterfly Ball Monaco.

“Our charity is proud to have be the silver lining that helped children access to the support they need throughout the pandemic; and the contact and help that parents and carers needed as the services they used to rely upon closed their doors.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we’re on track to provide more than 10,000 children with a wide range of practical and emotional support services, including our ground-breaking multidisciplinary autism assessment and support service at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Staffordshire.,” she added.

Phones 4U founder John started out in 1987 by re-selling 26 Motorola mobiles at £2,000 each at a time when mobile phones were a complete novelty. It took eight months to sell them all, the Stoke Sentinel reported.

PHOTO: Modesta and John Caudwell with their son, William John The Butterfly Ball