Elvis’ daughter stars as Hainault charity ball raises �59,000

LISA Marie Presley watched with pride as a piece of rock and roll history was auctioned off at a ball which raised �59,000 for a children’s charity.

Dream Factory, one of Redbridge Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea’s charities, which makes dreams come true for sick youngsters, hosted the ball at the Prince Regent Hotel in Manor Road, Woodford Green on Saturday – with a host of famous names in attendance.

A framed photo of actress Lisa Marie’s father Elvis and one of his plectrums, raised �7,000, and award winning film and TV actor Ray Winstone conducted his own auction, in which he sold two signed photos of him in British film Sexy Beast.

Avril Mills, founder of the Hainault based charity, revealed: “Lisa has now been made patron of our charity – it was a fantastic evening and 282 people came to the ball and auction.

“I have done many of these events, but this evening saw the most money I have ever seen. I was astounded.”

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Other celebrities who took part in the glittering evening included comedian Terry Alderton, who auctioned a day in London with the EastEnders stars Patsy Palmer and Sid Owen plus lunch for a youngster, which raised �1,000.

“So many dreams will be made a reality thanks to the generous people who came to the auction. A dream costs anything between �500 and �5,000, so we are always fundraising,” added Avril.

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Cllr O’Shea said: “It was a fantastic evening. Two recipients of dreams aged eight and 22 spoke about their dreams, which was moving.

“I’ve never seen an amount this big from a charity before!”

Avril added the charity was looking for volunteers to help continue making sick young people’s dreams a reality.

To volunteer as a dream maker, or donate, contact the charity on 02085011234, or visit www.yourdreamfactory.org.

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