TV tough guy Ant Middleton helped raise nearly £7,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice on Wednesday 22 February by taking part in a Q&A at Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green.

Sponsored by Lexus Woodford, the event saw 170 people travel from near and far to hear Ant talk about his incredible Special Forces career along with his involvement as chief instructor on SAS: Who Dares Wins and brand new Channel 4 show, Mutiny.

Time 107.5 FM presenter Jessie Brooke posed the questions to Ant and guests had the opportunity to ask their own questions at the end.

The evening included a raffle and a bespoke auction of SAS-related prizes including books and DVDs signed by Ant, along with a framed photo of the man himself.

Several series 2 recruits of SAS: Who Dares Wins were among the guests including last year’s winner, Moses Adeyemi from Barkingside, who donated a 60 minute personal training session as an auction prize.

The top prize, a BREAK-POINT Special Forces experience, went for an incredible £600.

Along with talking at length on stage, Ant spent time mingling with guests and posing for photographs. He also met Jessica Wilson, 17, from Chingford, who uses Haven House and her parents, Cathy and Brian.

Ant Middleton said: “I’m very proud to help raise funds for Haven House. It’s such an important charity and provides vital support to children and their families in the local area.

“It was fantastic to see so many people coming from across the country to take part in the event and I was delighted to meet Jessica.”

Scott Roberts, PR & Celebrity Manager at Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to Ant Middleton for taking part in our evening fundraiser at Sir James Hawkey Hall.

“Ant was so generous in making sure all of our guests had the opportunity to have a selfie with him and it was incredible to see people attending from as far as Bristol, Southampton and Leicestershire.

“The evening exceeded our expectations and raised a fantastic amount for our hospice.

“We like to thank our sponsor, Lexus Woodford, along with BREAK-POINT, Minnow Films, Arrow Films and all of the other companies who generously donated prizes for our auction and raffle.”

Haven House is staging a star-studded comedy night at the Union Chapel in Islington on 18 April. To buy tickets please visit our event page.