Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

One of the biggest fundraising balls Manchester has ever seen ended up in a jaw-dropping £ 750,000 donated to raise four children’s charities.

The star-studded Michael Josephson MBE Ball saw the inspiring fundraiser encourage 600 friends and followers to dig deep at the city’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on Saturday night.

Star guests included Hollywood royal lady Joan Collins – who even donated the glittering jewelery she wore at night to raise £ 30,000 in the big charity prize auction.

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Along with his showbiz friend Christopher Biggins, dynasty icon Joan also auctioned off a dinner date with the duo and their husbands at London’s celebhaunt restaurant The Ivy, which raised a further £ 15,000.

Lady Joan auctioned off her own jewelry at night along with a date with her friend Biggins and a portrait of her in the year of the dynasty

Lady Joan, 88, attended the ball with her husband Percy Gibson ahead of her return to Salford’s Lowry Theater next week on her ongoing book tour with the Biggins, saying she always loves to return to Manchester.

“I’ve been to Manchester hundreds of times in my career and I really love it,” she said.

She was eager to support the ball to raise money especially for charities that support young adults and teens who she says are under “enormous pressure” in our modern world on social media.

She said: “It must be hell to be a teenager today because of the pressure on social media, it’s awful, awful.

“I’m on Instagram myself because I have a lot of friends there, but I’ve never read the comments, that’s the best way.”

Michael Josephson MBE Charity Ball 2021 at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester.

The incredible £ 750,000 raised by the ball is believed to be the biggest single night of fundraising in the Northwest.

Entrepreneur Michael, who fought back from horrific assaults in his own childhood to become an inspirational fundraiser, was in tears when the full amount was announced on stage at the end of the night, starring The X Factors Ella Henderson was seen and music stars Soul II Soul.

The money will now be split between Variety North West, Teenage Cancer Trust, Oldhams Mahdlo Youth Zone and Wigan Youth Zone.

An emotional Michael said: “We created a magical moment in Manchester and it will make a huge difference to the lives of so many children in the North West.

“I thank everyone who has supported me.”

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Joan’s participation among the stars at night was Olympic skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Man United legend Paul Scholes and Game of Thrones star Laura Pradelska.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks was well represented with stars from past and present, including Nikki Sanderson, Tamara Wall, Nicole Barber-Lane, Ross Adams and Rob Norbury.

Nikki was in dazzling shape in a bright red dress made for her by Manchester designer Nadine Merabi when she joined the co-stars who got a good old catch up with Nicole Barber-Lane who famously played soap matriarch Myra McQueen.

Nikki Sanderson at Michael Josephson MBE Charity Ball 2021

Nicole is now busy filming the exciting new Shane Meadows period drama The Gallows Pole, which she promises will “take the breath away from people” when it is ready to be broadcast on the BBC next year.

The event on Saturday night was presented by Greatest Hits Radio presenter Darren Proctor and included sponsorship from Robertson, Beaverbrooks, Boohoo, Elf on the Shelf, Fastdox, Network Space, Stocks 2015 Ltd and the Stoller Charitable Trust.

The ball returned over the weekend after the 2020 event was postponed due to Covid restrictions.

Ella Henderson appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie

Michael, who in 2015 was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to charity and received the Freedom of the City Of London. also received a special presidential award from the Variety Club at night as a thank you for his ongoing charitable efforts.

After the event, Michael said, “Having had to postpone the event for a full twelve months because of Covid, it’s so exciting to be back doing what I love.

“Charity is so important to me; I have always been honest and loud about my own challenges in life – especially from when I was a child.

“Being able to help people and young people experience hardships is something that drives me. What an evening we had and I’m proud to be able to make a difference to people’s lives.”

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