Former Towie star helps raise thousands for Haven House

PUBLISHED: 17:06 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:49 04 October 2016

Mike Palfreman, Haven House chief executive with TV presenter Mark Wright.

Mike Palfreman, Haven House chief executive with TV presenter Mark Wright.

(C) Blake Ezra Photography 2016

TV presenter Mark Wright and his family helped raise more than £83,000 on Thursday at Haven House Children’s Hospice’s annual autumn ball.

The exclusive event was held at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square where prized lots, including a one-week stay at the scenic Azzurra Castle in Grenada, sold for £9,500.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of the charity based in High Road, Woodford Green, called the reality star the “perfect host”.

He said: “Once again Mark Wright proved to be the perfect host for our Autumn Ball which raised a spectacular amount for our children and their families.

“It was brilliant to see so many celebrities giving their time for our cause and I would like to thank all of our guests for their exceptional generosity.”

This was the second time Mark, one of the charity’s ambassadors, hosted the event.

He added: “Haven House makes such a difference to local families and I was blown away when I watched the charity’s new film.

“It’s heart-breaking to hear the families’ stories, but inspiring to know they are getting incredible support.”

Guests at the black-tie event, enjoyed a three-course dinner and were shown the charity’s new new appeal film which features families who use the hospice.

The grand total raised at the event was achieved through ticket sales, auction where the use of an eight-seater private jet to Paris attracted £9,300 and sponsorship through the Health Lottery.

Since 2013 Haven House has raised more than £292,000 through its exclusive ball events.

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