A Lithuanian charity ball in London celebrated the quarter-century anniversary of Lithuania's independence and raised funds to be donated for suicide prevention.

The ball, organized by the Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce in the UK (LCCUK), the Lithuanian Embassy and business sponsors, was held in the Dorchester hotel, in London's Mayfair, on November 6.

Funds, collected from event tickets and an auction sale, will be donated to Youth Line (Jaunimo linija), an emotional support helpline for people who need help.

"This is an interesting and meaningful evening, not just because of the programme. People who are here create great atmosphere. We hope that, with everyone's effort, we will be able to contribute to the work of Youth Line. I thank everyone for being here. By being here, you are already helping," said LCCUK president Egonas Jakimavičius who opened the ball.

The programme included performances by singers Giedre Kilčiauskienė and Laura Zigmantaitė as well as a piano recital by Vytautas Landsbergis, the former head of state of Lithuania.

The charity auction offered paintings by Lithuanian artists, a helicopter ride across Lithuania and many other different prizes. The Green Line, a painting by Martynas Kavolis, fetched the biggest sum, over GBP 2,000. Another piece of art, Golden by Kristina Ališauskaitė, was sold for GBP 1,100.

In all, the charity ball raised some GBP 20,000, all of which will help Youth Line maintain around-the-clock helpline for troubled young people in Lithuania.

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