Wilde Winter Ball 2019

30 November 2019
Knebworth House, Knebworth (UK)

Fourth edition of a charity ball organised by Mandy & Ricky Wilde to raise funds for a radiotherapy unit at The Lister Hospital in Stevenage. There were live performances by ABC’s Martin Fry, The Fizz, Clive Jackson (Dr. & the Medics), Belouis Some, T’pau, Nik Kershaw and Kim Wilde.

Kim Wilde & Benny Smith for Tilehouse Counselling

27 September 2019
The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin (UK)

Kim Wilde and Benny Smith played a live concert for Tilehouse, a free counselling centre in Hitchin. They played several Motown songs, some covers and of course some Kim Wilde hits.

Tracks of my tears
How sweet it is
Lean on me
Wonderful world
Signed sealed delivered
They don’t know
Wonderful life
Big yellow taxi
Four letter word
You came
You keep me hangin’ on
Kids in America

Waste Not Want Not

Local charity based in Hertfordshire, of which Kim Wilde is a patron. It uses horticulture as a therapeutic tool to assist in helping homeless people, ex addicts, ex-offenders, socially excluded, people with mental health issues and depression and those recovering from a life crisis. The aim is to create a friendly and supportive environment for positive activity where participants, known as volunteers, can make new and supportive friendships and feel included in their local community.

Waste Not Want Not was founded by Isobel Barnes. It seeks and gains donations from organisations and members of the public – they give us their unwanted plants which would otherwise end up in landfill, we nurture them and sell them at our nursery. They are also given unwanted used items including fencing panels, mesh wire and other materials which are recycled and put to good use. Waste Not Want Not was established in June 2008. Originally people were referred from the Haven Hostel for the Homeless and the Living Room, a centre for people with addictive behaviours. Over the years the network of referring organisations has grown and includes North Herts College, YMCA, Ingeus, Mid Point, Westminster Drug project, Bedford Prison plus numerous self-referrals from the local community. The whole ethos behind Waste Not Want Not is inclusivity and through the delivery of our projects and initiatives we reach out and touch those with a real need.

Waste Not Want Not has 2 sites. The Learning Garden at the Hatfield Galleria carpark and the main site, The Roebuck which is situated just off Stevenage Road.

Kim about Waste Not Want Not

I first met Isobel in 2011 and was immediately taken by her boundless energy and enthusiasm for a project which helps so many vulnerable people – including those who have had major problems with addiction, homelessness, social exclusion or physical and mental health issues – I have been a Patron of this unique project ever since. All volunteers are made very welcome and work in a safe and friendly environment in a spirit of fun, friendship and mutual support with the potential to acquire new skills both in horticulture and in life. The project responds rapidly to the needs of some very exposed people who might otherwise slip through the care net. I do hope you get the chance to visit one our sites and purchase some of the great value plants. By doing so you will be supporting a invaluable project of which I am very proud to be the patron. I hope to see you all there. (1)

Interview source

(1) Waste not want not website, retrieved March 2016

Sega Splash

On 12 August 1990, Radio 1 UK organized the Sega Splash for Starlight (sponsored by Sega, hence the name), at Princes Club in Middlesex. Starlight is a charity that aims to fulfil the dreams of many seriously ill children.

Not only Kim Wilde, but also stars like Sinitta, Sonia, Aswad and members of Beats International turned up for the event. The day was spent doing some water games. The event was publicized all over Europe, mainly because of some very beautiful publicity photographs of Kim Wilde with Gary Davies (one of Radio 1’s DJ’s).

Help a London Child

On 15 April 1990, Kim joined many other stars to help raise money for the Capital Radio appeal ‘Help a London Child’, an action to help underprivileged children the London area. One of the events organised was an auction of goods and oddities at the Duke of York Theatre in Londons West End.
Kims contribution during this event was to model a black suede and leather dress, donated by Northbeach Leather of Knightsbridge. The item raised 90 UK pounds for the charity.

Ferry Aid

On 6 March 1987, the ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, leaving Zeebrugge port in Belgium, overturned, killing nearly 200 people. Among the passengers were many British people, using a special offer in tabloid newspaper The Sun, allowing them to make the crossing for just one UK pound.

The newspaper soon organised the recording of a single to benefit the Sun’s Zeebrugge Disaster Fund, which was set up to raise money for victims of the disaster and relatives of the deceased. The recordings took place on 14, 15 and 16 March 1987, and only weeks later it was a Europe-wide chart success.

Among the performers of the chosen song, Let It Be, were Kate Bush, Boy George, Jaki Graham, Nik Kershaw, Mark Knopfler, Mel and Kim and of course Kim Wilde.

Kim about Ferry Aid

I didn’t think, when I heard, that this was a good thing to do. Making a record wasn’t the first thing that sprang to mind. I was very upset by what happened and I didn’t think it was appropriate to sing about it. I’m doing it because I’ve been told the families need the money but I feel very strange about it. (1)

I had very mixed feelings about Ferry Aid, I thought that it wasn’t in good taste, but at the end of the day I realised that it would raise a lot of money for the families of the victims. (2)

Interview source

(1) Ferry Aid In: Smash Hits (UK), 8 April 1987
(2) The bimbo who made good In: Smash Hits (UK), May 1990


Kim Wilde has contributed items for many different auctions, usually for charity organisations. This (incomplete) listing gives you some indication of her involvement through the years.

  • Painting for Samarivans – £403
  • ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ 5CD+2DVD set, signed by Kim, Ricky & Marty (3rd annual Music & Memorabilia auction for Cabaret vs Cancer, 2023) – £130
  • ‘Cambodia’ 7″ single, signed by Kim – £73
  • ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ 3LP set, signed by Kim, Ricky & Marty (2nd annual Music & Memorabilia auction for Cabaret vs Cancer, 2022) – £450
  • ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ 2CD set, signed by Kim, Ricky & Marty (2nd annual Music & Memorabilia auction for Cabaret vs Cancer, 2022) – £300
  • Photograph, signed by Kim (RR Auction USA, February 2022) – $125
  • ‘Close’ LP, signed by Kim (Swiss Auction Company, January 2022) – €70
  • ‘Catching Waves’ painting (Artists & Celebrities Art Auction for Mind Cornwall, 2021) – £777
  • Gold disc award for ‘Love Is’ and ‘The Singles Collection 1981-1993’ albums from Sweden (Music & Memorabilia auction for Cabaret vs Cancer, 2021) – £525
  • Hat given to Kim by Nick Beggs and decorated by herself (Who gives a frock! website, 2021) – £365
  • Red evening dress with bolero jacket (Who gives a frock! website, 2021) – £265
  • A Robert David Morton beaded dress owned and worn by Kim Wilde (Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale, 2020) – £510
  • 2 tickets to see Kim Wilde live at the Stables in Milton Keynes, 15 December 2019 (Wilde Winter Ball, 2019) – £450
  • Australian award for the sales of ‘The Singles Collection 1981-1993’ (Wilde Winter Ball, 2019) – £861
  • Japanese gold disc for the sales of ‘Select’ (Steve Williams Ebay auction) – £1000+
  • Leather jacket worn by Kim Wilde (Wilde Winter Ball, 2017)
  • Nude self portrait (Wilde Winter Ball, 2015)
  • Christmas card (MS Society, 2014)
  • Hat worn by Kim live on stage in Tivoli in 2003 (St. Mungo’s, 2014)
  • Handbag (Handbags for Hospices, 2013)
  • Painting (Joss Searchlight, 2013)
  • Signed guitar (Henley Youth Centre, 2012)
  • French Connection heels (The Horder Centre, East Sussex, 2012)
  • Signed ‘Come out and play’ cd (Cystic Fibrosis Trust, 2010)
  • Painting of Harry by Kim (No Surrender charitable trust, 2009)
  • Drawing of a butterfly by Kim (Dorset Wildlife trust, 2007)
  • Painting of ‘Kim Wilde’s greatest tits’ by Kim (Breast Friends Denmark, 2007)
  • Hat worn by Kim Wilde (DebRA, 2006)
  • ‘Close’ leather jacket (eBay, 2006)
  • Gardening gloves (Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice, 2005)
  • A meeting with Kim at the Chelsea Flower Show 2005 (DebRA, 2005)
  • Drawing by Kim (Hjertebarn Denmark, 2003)
  • Orchid drawing by Kim (Dorset Wildlife Trust, 2003)
  • Bra (HertBeat FM for Imperial Cancer Research, 2002)
  • Various items including records, tapes, a hat and the dress from the cover of the ‘Love is’ album (Kim Wilde fan meeting, 1996) – £910
  • Mini dress (Veronica, Netherlands, 1992)
  • Gold disc award for the album ‘Kim Wilde’ (Capital Radio auction, UK, 1986) – £60
  • Mini dress (Christie’s Rock Memorabilia auction, London, August 29, 1986) – £400


19 April 2015

Kim Wilde makes an appeal on behalf of the charity Thrive, which uses horticultural therapy to help vulnerable people.

BBC Breakfast

19 November 2004

In an item about ‘Children in need’, Kim appears briefly to look back on her appearance on the ‘Children in need’ programme in the early 1980’s.

Newsroom Southeast

30 January 1991

News item about the Rock-a-baby concert, in which a few people, amongst which a doctor and Jools Holland, stress the importance of holding this benefit for a maternity unit in a hospital in Hackney, London, England.
Kim appears for a few seconds only. When it’s said that it seems we always have to rely on famous people to pull in the extra money that’s needed for these vital facilities, she says: ‘Well, I don’t have any problem with it myself at all, you know, if I get asked to do it next week I have to do the same thing.’

8.15 from Manchester

18 August 1990

Report of the Sega Splash for Starlight. Kim was one of the participants. During this report she can be seen a few times. There’s also a short interview with her.

Comic Relief

10 March 1989

Kim is asked a question while she is taking calls during the Comic Relief charity evening.

Kim, what are you doing later?
Oh, I’ll be appearing in a sketch with Neris later and also taking calls…

The sketch is called ‘The last waltz’ and is indeed shown later in the evening. Four older women (played by Felicity Kendal , Polly James, Caroline Blakiston and Linda McCartney) ponder on the harsh facts of getting older, then finally seem to accept the fact that life chisels one into a ‘work of art in the gallery of life’. Then Kim waltzes in and looks into a mirror, saying ‘is it this light, or am I putting on weight?’. The older women run off, quite distraught.