A children’s hospice hosted one of the feared and admired Dragons for a charity event in central London.

Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden and Newsnight presenter Evan Davis answered questions from the audience at the event hosted by Haven House Children’s Hospice based in Woodford Green.

It was held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall last Thursday and raised nearly £19,000 for the charity.

Haven House Children’s Hospice has provided care for over 900 babies, children and young persons who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions since it launched in 2003.

Now in its fifth year, the charitable business breakfast event was attended by around 100 businesswomen.

Ms Meaden said: “I am so proud to be involved in today’s event and to be able show my support to Haven House Children’s Hospice.

“Haven House provides fantastic palliative care to children and their families. It enables families to create happy memories together in a positive, loving and welcoming environment.

“I know how tough times are, and to do what they do, to the level and quality they do is expensive, so I hope today goes just a little bit further in making life just that bit easier.”

Guests were invited to watch the charity’s appeal film featuring Jaycee Wharfe, Rikilee Webster and their son Finnley from Enfield who suffers from a rare genetic condition resulting in incomplete brain development.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to Deborah Meaden and Evan Davis for generously supporting this year’s Business Breakfast.

“The breakfast is one of our most exclusive and high-powered corporate events. We are thrilled and overwhelmed by the generosity from each and every one of our guests – their support will make a huge difference to the lives of the children and families we provide vital care to at our hospice.”

This year, the Orbian Business Breakfast event was held on December 6.