Tonight’s the night, say Times’ charity STARS

PUBLISHED: 17:02 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

STAR TURN: In a dazling pink suit Rod Stewart sang several of his hits. Photos:

STAR TURN: In a dazling pink suit Rod Stewart sang several of his hits. Photos:

A HOST of celebrities donated special prizes to raise more than a £1 million for a children s charity.

A HOST of celebrities donated special prizes to raise more than a £1 million for a children's charity.

Rod Stewart joined Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Forsyth and Frank Lampard at the auction last Thursday night to raise money for Caudwell Children.

Times' owners Archant has adopted the charity, that provides donations of treatments, therapies and specialist equipment to sick and disabled children in the UK, for this year.

More than 800 guests joined hosts Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins at Battersea Evolution arena to raise money for sick and disabled children in Britain.

Rod Stewart performed an hour-long set including Maggie May and Sailing whilst his wife Penny Lancaster was in the audience.

Guests raised the money by bidding against each other for auction prizes, including a week-long stay on Richard

Branson's exotic Necker Island resort, a bespoke diamond encrusted Mark Wilkinson jewellery case in the shape of Marilyn

Monroe, a round of golf with Bruce Forsyth and an opportunity to meet Rod Stewart.

Guests were joined on the evening by a number of the charity's child ambassadors, who travelled to London for the special evening.

Tilly Griffiths, from Staffordshire, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has received two donations of electric wheelchairs from the Charity, her family now dedicate a lot of their spare time to fundraising and promoting the work of the Charity.

The 11-year-old said: "It was a wonderful evening. It is great to see so much money raised so Caudwell Children can help other children the same way they helped me."

Billionaire founder and chairman of the charity John Caudwell said: "It is heart-warming to see that despite the current economic climate people are still prepared to help the less fortunate and I'm very grateful to all of our generous supporters.

"We were thrilled to have Rod Stewart headline the event. His performance lived up to everyone's expectation and was the perfect culmination of a fantastic event."


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