Haven House has just hosted its second Autumn Ball, with a glitzy event at the beautiful Plaisterers’ Hall at London Wall.

The event, sponsored by City brokerage firm Redburn and The Health Lottery ELM Ltd, was hosted by ITV1 presenter Richard Arnold and the auctioneer on the night, was none other than veteran actor and Haven House supporter, Christopher Biggins.

Loughton actress and hospice Patron, Vicki Michelle MBE, also attended, while Haven House supporter, Mitch Winehouse provided the entertainment, by singing a number of big band favourites.

Guests were treated to a three-course meal and live entertainment and bid for a number of amazing auction items which had been donated to the hospice.  These included the hire of an exclusive luxury motor yacht, a photo-shoot with OK! Magazine and Mitch Winehouse donated two days in the Amy Winehouse recording studio, which sold for £1,600 each.  Biggins, a recent Celebrity MasterChef contestant, even offered his cooking talents as an impromptu auction prize and a guest happily bid £1,000 to have the TV star cook in their home.

However, there was a more serious side to the event;  Haven House parents, Mel Field from Woodford Green, Sinem Shacolas from Walthamstow and Maxine Davies from Hainault all gave moving speeches about their children and the support they have had from the hospice and guests gave the brave mums a standing ovation.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of the Woodford Green hospice said of the evening; ‘Everyone in the room was there to have a good time, but most importantly to raise money for life-limited children and families, their support was phenomenal. He continues; ‘We will be using these funds to help fund vital services in our new Holistic Care Centre.’

Auctioneer Christoper Biggins said of the event; ‘I’ve been lucky enough to meet the wonderful children and families at Haven House and I was delighted to be able to help the hospice raise these vital funds.’