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Rochelle Humes and Ben Shephard help raise more than £100,000 at Haven House's Big Birthday Ball

PUBLISHED: 11:02 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 17 October 2018

Ben Shepphard (left) and Rochelle Humes (right) at the Haven House Big Birthday Ball. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

Ben Shepphard (left) and Rochelle Humes (right) at the Haven House Big Birthday Ball. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

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The Big Birthday Ball raised a record breaking amount of money for the Woodford Green hospice.

The Grand Room of the Connaught Hotel was packed for Haven House's Big Birthday celebrations. Photo: Blake Ezra PhotographyThe Grand Room of the Connaught Hotel was packed for Haven House's Big Birthday celebrations. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

TV presenters Ben Shephard and Rochelle Humes helped raise more than £100,000 at Haven House Children’s Hospice’s Big Birthday Ball.

The birthday ball was held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London, on Thursday (October 11) where more than 350 guests attended the record-breaking black tie fundraising event which was hosted by long-standing patron of the Woodford Green hospice, Ben Shephard, and ambassador Rochelle Humes.

Fellow celebrity guests included Billie Faiers from The Only Way is Essex and Greg Shepherd, Lord and Lady Fellowes, Richard Arnold and Haven House patrons Vicki Michelle and Martin Ellice.

Prized lots which went under the hammer at auction included a private dinner at the home of celebrity chief Tony Singh which raised £10,000 and an exclusive VIP cinema screening experience at Universal Pictures in London which generated £7,000.

Haven House Patron Vicki Michelle and CEO Mike Palfreman. Photo: Blake Ezra PhotographyHaven House Patron Vicki Michelle and CEO Mike Palfreman. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

After a three-course dinner guests were shown Haven House’s new appeal film which features the story of Enfield parents Jaycee Wharfe and Rikilee Webster and their son, Finnley.

Finnley has Holoprosencephaly, a rare genetic condition resulting in incomplete brain development. The film shows the family receiving support from Haven House’s Toy Home Loan service and Finnley enjoying music therapy and physiotherapy at the hospice in Woodford Green.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive at Haven House, said: “This year’s ball exceeded our expectations and raised over £100,000, a record-breaking figure in our charity’s history.

“I would like to thank all of our guests for their exceptional generosity and our magnificent hosts Ben Shephard and Rochelle Humes, and our sponsors Chigwell Group, The Health Lottery ELM and Galliard Homes.

Rochelle Humes and Ben Shephard hosting Haven House's Big Birthday celebrations. Photo: Blake Ezra PhotographyRochelle Humes and Ben Shephard hosting Haven House's Big Birthday celebrations. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

“The ball raised an incredible amount for our hospice and will help us support more children like Finnley and their families in the coming year. We are also grateful to our staff and volunteers who worked hard to deliver an unforgettable evening.”

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