A host of stars joined forces with British boyband JLS in London on Thursday (06Jun13) to help them raise funds for their charitable foundation.

The band - J.B. Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritse Williams - smashed through their fundraising target to rake in more than $1.55 million (£1 million) for the Jls Foundation at the inaugural Ojam gala in the U.K. capital.

Take That star Gary Barlow took to the stage in front of the star-studded audience, which included One Direction's Niall Horan, singer Kimberly Wyatt, and British actress/model Kelly Brook, before U.K. Tv presenter Jonny Gould kicked off the charitable auction.

Williams later took to his Twitter.com page to share the good news with fans, writing, "Yes everyone a Record Breaking £1Million (sic) we have raised for our Jls Foundation (Ojam) in support of Cancer Research Uk! We will Save Lives!"

The Jls Foundation funds a number of charities across the U.K. and the band decided to benefit Cancer Research Uk through the Ojam event to help fund research into tumours that affect children, teenagers and young adults.

The boyband announced their split earlier this year (Apr13) after five years in the limelight but have vowed to continue with their charitable efforts for their foundation, which they set up in 2010.