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Charity in £25 million night

The global credit crunch may be forcing ordinary families to tighten their belts but philanthropy among Britain's super-rich, it seems, is in rude health.

More than 1,100 people paid £10,000 each for a ticket to a charity dinner in London on Thursday night which featured Stevie Wonder performing his first major UK performance in more than a decade.

Organisers of the Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) charity dinner had raised £28m at last year's event, but scaled down their initial target this year to £15m because of fears that financial pressures might limit the willingness of guests to delve deeply into their wallets. Their fears were unfounded as the night raised £25m.

Guests at the Ark charity dinner included Tony Blair with Uma Thurman and Arpad 'Arki' Busson, founder of the charity

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