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Gallery: Television stars help Woodford Green hospice raise £89,000 at ball

PUBLISHED: 16:20 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:23 09 October 2015

Mark Wright with Kiran Madan and Jade Morgan, whose children attend Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Blake Ezra Photography

Mark Wright with Kiran Madan and Jade Morgan, whose children attend Haven House Children's Hospice. Picture: Blake Ezra Photography

(C) Blake Ezra Photography 2015.

A host of television stars turned out at an annual gala last night in support of youngsters with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Actress Michelle Keegan taking part in a game at Haven House Children's Hospice's Autumn Ball. Picture: Blake Ezra PhotographyActress Michelle Keegan taking part in a game at Haven House Children's Hospice's Autumn Ball. Picture: Blake Ezra Photography

Haven House Children’s Hospice hosted its Autumn Ball in the grand surroundings of the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, with guests raising a staggering £89,000.

Those who attended the black tie event included former Towie star Mark Wright, an ambassador for the charity, his wife, actress Michelle Keegan, late singer Amy Winehouse’s parents Mitch and Janis and Haven House patron Barry Hearn, chairman of events company Matchroom Sport.

Wright hosted the ball, while Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Arnold was the auctioneer, presiding over lots including a one-week stay for 10 guests at Azzurra Castle, Grenada, and the use of an eight-seater private jet flying from Harrods Aviation, Stansted Airport, to a European destination.

Following a three-course meal, guests watched an emotive short film about mums Jade Morgan and Kiran Madan and their children George and Ruby-Mo, who are supported by the hospice.

The mums were given a standing ovation.

Wright said: “I was delighted to host the Autumn Ball. Haven House does amazing work in supporting life-limited children and it was brilliant to help raise vital funds on the night.”

Mike Palfreman, the Woodford Green hospice’s chief executive, said: “This year’s ball was even bigger than last year and we’re delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount.

“Everyone in the room was there to have a good time, but most importantly to support local life-limited children and their families.

Jenni Anderson, Haven House's director of individual giving and marketing, with chief executive Mike Palfreman. Picture: Blake Ezra PhotographyJenni Anderson, Haven House's director of individual giving and marketing, with chief executive Mike Palfreman. Picture: Blake Ezra Photography

“It was brilliant to see so many celebrities who are clearly committed to the cause and I would like to thank all of our guests for their exceptional generosity.”

Visit havenhouse.org.uk.


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