Magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin has been announced as the star host of this year’s NSPCC Laughter Ball in his hometown of Birmingham.
The event, which raised £47,000 for the children’s charity last year, features a variety of entertainment and will take place on November 8 at the ICC.
Ben, who has just been announced as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice next year, has presented the ITV2 show ‘Tricked’ since 2013, and has hosted the breakfast show on Free Radio since February.
“I can’t wait to be part of an evening that will really make a difference.
“The NSPCC is a charity that has the power to change the lives of children up and down the country and as a proud Brummie myself, it’s great to hear that they have had a presence in Birmingham for 130 years.”
Guitarist Anthony Miles, classical singer Chloe Barry and live band Absolute Party will all perform on the night, and there will also be a chance to win a pair of diamond earrings generously donated by Anthony Lesley Jewellers worth around £2,000.
The inspirational Chris Dyas who works as a Children’s Services Practitioner for the NSPCC, will also explain the work currently being carried out on the crucial ‘Letting the Future In’ service – which helps children who’ve been sexually abused to rebuild their lives, so they can overcome the past and start looking to the future with hope.
Amanda Synnott, NSPCC Fundraising Manager for the West Midlands, said:
“The Laughter Ball is always a spectacular event and I am sure Ben will be a hit with the audience – it promises to be an entertaining night for everyone attending.
“There are still a few tables available so I would urge businesses across the region to come and join us for a night to remember.”
Tables are priced at £800 for a table of 10, which makes the event ideal for businesses. Individual tickets are available at £80 per person. If you would like to book, please contact Amanda Synnott on 07917 217 112 or e-mail Amanda at Amanda.Synott@NSPCC.org.uk
The event will start with a drinks reception at 6:30pm before a 7pm call for dinner and has a black-tie dress code for men and cocktail formal for women.