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Celebrities help raise £250,000 at Shooting Star Chase charity ball

Author: Leila Hawkins
03 October 2017
  • Simon Cowell
  • Tony Hadley
  • Sir Cliff Richard
  • Gloria Hunniford
  • Dame Joan Collins
  • Louis Walsh

Simon Cowell, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Cliff Richard, Gloria Hunniford, Tony Hadley and Louis Walsh attended the Shooting Star Chase Ball on Saturday to raise funds for the Surrey-based children’s hospice.

The celebrities helped to raise over £250,000 at the event, which took place at The Dorchester on Park Lane in London. The ball was hosted by radio DJ Mike Read, and former Spandau Ballet lead singer and Vice President of the hospice Tony Hadley performed a set.

After a five course meal by The Dorchester’s executive chef Henry Brosi, the 300 guests took part in a live auction that included tickets to The X Factor final, afternoon tea with Dame Joan Collins and Julian Clary; a brand new bespoke Mini Cooper, and a car owned by Shooting Star Chase Vice President Simon Cowell, which despite much persuasion by auctioneer Charlie Ross, Louis Walsh could not be convinced to buy.

In an emotional address to guests at The Dorchester, Simon Cowell praised the work of staff caring for families supported by the charity: 

"Standing up and talking tonight is the easy bit. What the staff do to support the children and families, and the emotional toll that has, you realise how amazing they are. They have the toughest job in the world."

Karen Sugarman, Director of Fundraising at Shooting Star Chase, said: 

“The Shooting Star Chase Ball is always a very special evening and this year has been no exception. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed by the generosity from each and every one of our guests and their support will make a huge difference to the lives of the children and families we provide vital care for at our hospices.” 

For more information visit Shooting Star Chase

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