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Tonight's the night for Reporter charity

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:42 23 August 2010

HEART_WARMING: Charity founder John Caudwell proudly introduced Tilly Griffiths, one of the children he has helped.

HEART_WARMING: Charity founder John Caudwell proudly introduced Tilly Griffiths, one of the children he has helped.

LEGENDARY singer songwriter Rod Stewart dazzled a host of celebrities when he performed some of his greatest hits at an exclusive charity ball.  The star performed hits Maggie May and Sailing as part of an hour-long set at the Butterfly Ball in Batterse

CROONER: Rod Stewart.

LEGENDARY singer songwriter Rod Stewart dazzled a host of celebrities when he performed some of his greatest hits at an exclusive charity ball.

The star performed hits Maggie May and Sailing as part of an hour-long set at the 'Butterfly Ball' in Battersea in aid of the Caudwell Children charity.

Held on Thursday, the ball was staged by the chosen charity of ArchantLondon, publishers of Kentish Times/Reporter Newspapers.

Hosted by comedy duo, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins at Battersea Evolution arena, over 800 guests raised an amazing £1,700,000 for children with disabilities.

Celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Forsyth, Penny Lancaster Stewart, Frank Lampard, Rachel Stevens, Danny Cipriani and Boyzone, joined charity founder, billionaire entrepreneur John Caudwell, at the event.

Mr 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."

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, 11, from Staffordshire, 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."

The youngster 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.

Money was raised to help disabled children across the UK by bidding against each other for a series of luxury auction prizes. These included 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 a rare opportunity to meet the one and only Rod Stewart.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive Officer for Caudwell Children said: "The night has been a resounding success, we are immensely grateful to our guests and our sponsors, HSBC, Coutts, Barclays and TLC, who have supported the charity by donating such a large amount of money.

"The money raised tonight will significantly impact on hundreds of children's lives living in the UK."

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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