Hollyoaks stars joined TV presenter Melanie Sykes and Olympian Beth Tweddle at the glitzy Wongs Jewellers Winter Ball in Liverpool to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The soap’s Jessica Fox, who plays Nancy Hayton, David Kennedy, who plays Dirk Savage, Nadine Mulkerrin, who is Cleo McQueen, and Tamara Wall, who stars as Grace Black, attended the special event at The Venue, inside the iconic Royal Liver Building. Along with former Brookside and X-Factor contestant Ray Quinn, and model and actress Jade Ainsworth among the partygoers.
The stars were greeted by stilt-walkers and fire performers outside the Grade I listed building in the middle of the Three Graces – which includes the Port of Liverpool and the Cunard building – at the Pier Head. Guests were entertained by a ribbon dancer in the opulent reception of the Royal Liver Building before heading to the first floor to The Venue, one of the most sought after and unique event spaces in the city.
Richard Mathias Co-Chair from Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Roz Gladden, Liverpool BID Company’s Chief Executive Bill Addy, and Carl Foulkes the Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, were also in attendance at the star-studded bash in aid of the renowned children’s hospital.
Louise Barrett from Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “We are really grateful to Wong’s Jewellers, The Venue and all those who attended this special evening to raise vital funds for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. All the money raised will support the Institute in the Park at Alder Hey, allowing the hospital to develop better medicines and treatments and significantly contribute to the future health and well-being of children from right across the globe.”
As the celebrities and VIPs dined on a three course meal they were entertained by a magician, before Ray Quinn sang a medley of classic songs and the guests took part in a blind auction, hosted by former ‘voice of British swimming’ Hamilton Bland.
Peter Wong, the Managing Director of Wongs Jewellers, who have been creating and sourcing bespoke jewellery in Liverpool for more than 50 years, said: “We are delighted to have been able to throw such a glamorous event in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which is a charity very close to our hearts. The staff at the hospital do incredible work caring for the children and their families during very difficult circumstances and the hospital is a world leader in innovation of medical technology that saves lives. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital provides vital services for the people of Liverpool, the North West and indeed the whole country so we are hugely proud to have been able to give something back. I would like to thank all of our guests who attended the event and raised money for the hospital, patients and their families.”
The charity event was compered by Simon Ross from Radio City and all the proceeds raised from the 200 invitation only event went to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Karen Yates, Regional Sales Manager at The Venue, said: “Anybody from Liverpool and the North West knows how important Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is and we were delighted to have hosted and provided this party at no charge to Wongs Jewellers or the hospital. This was one of the most glitzy parties that has been held at The Venue and it was a perfect central setting with some of the most famous faces on TV and sport all enjoying themselves for a great cause.”
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