Last weekend the Hope for Hollie Foundation hosted its Grease themed Hollie’s Summer Lovin’ Ball at StadiumMK and a few famous faces turned up to show their support.
The charity was launched by parents Helen and Pete Carter whose eight-year-old daughter Hollie was diagosed with Niemann Pick Type C.
The disease, which causes progress neurological decline and childhood dementia, affects just 1,000 children worldwide with three of those children living here in Milton Keynes.
The charity aims to support families affected by rare and fatal disease, which is sometimes referred to as childhood alzhiemers.
The charity’s 6th annual ball saw 310 guests treated to a fun packed night of entertainment whilst also raising money and awareness for a much needed cause.
The evening kicked off with a Grease medoly performance by Oxford Operatic Society followed by live music from local talent Holly Brewer who is an ambassador for the charity.
Guests were treated to a personal appearance from the very lovely Ayden Callaghan who plays Joe Roscoe in Hollyoaks.
Ayden said he was delighted to attend the event to help raise the profile of Foundation and to raise awareness of Niemann Pick Type C and proved extremely popular with many guests giving donations for signed photos and pictures.
There was also a surprise twist for guests when the ever popular former Britains Got Talent act, Stavros Flatley turned up at the venue to perform their show stopping act which had every single guest up on their feet.
Early indications show that the evening is set to have raised a staggering £18,000.
Helen Carter, Hollie’s mum and Chair of the Foundation said: “We never cease to be amazed by the amount of support we receive in Milton Keynes and from further afield.
“Guests travelled from various parts of the country for the evening. Ayden and Stavros were just wonderful and such an integral part of the success.
“The money raised will enable us through grant giving, to fund specialist equipment and to help finance the continuation and enhancement of support services as well as funding vital research into the disease.
“Our aim is to make people aware that childhood dementia does exist and to raise the profile of this disease.”
> You can find out more about the Hope for Hollie Foundation by visiting www.hopeforhollie.co.uk