Over 650 guests gathered at Childline’s White Hat Ball last week raising an incredible £187,000 for the NSPCC-service.
Hosted by singer and TV personality Peter Andre, the glamorous event took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and a three-course dinner, followed by entertainment including silent and live auctions where fantastic prizes were won such as an exclusive VIP Manchester United experience and painting, ‘Bowie’ by Daniel Mernaugh.
Organised by a committee of dedicated volunteers from the Information Risk and Security sector, the event is now in its 15th year.
Speaking at the event Peter Andre said:
“I’ve been supporting Childline for many, many years so I was honoured to be asked to host the White Hat Ball and raise lots of money for a cause close to my heart. I love everything Dame Esther Rantzen stands for. Every child is worth fighting for, and I’m proud to have been a part of this evening to support that.”
The money raised from last night’s Ball will help Childline continue to be there 24/7 for young people in need of support for a range of issues, including mental health and concerns about abuse and neglect.
Sarah Jeffery, NSPCC Special Events Manager, said:
“It was fantastic to see so many people gather at the White Hat Ball last night, raising vital funds for Childline.
“We’d like to say a special thank you to our wonderful host Peter Andre for making the night such a fun and enjoyable evening, as well as all the people who attended and made it such a special evening.
“We know that Childline provides a vital lifeline for young people across the country and events like the White Hat Ball enable us to continue to provide this life-changing service.”
On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds, with almost three-quarters of counselling sessions now taking place online. Childline became part of the NSPCC in 2006.