This year's ChildLine Ball hosted by the nation's favourite Geordie duo
Last night, Ant & Dec hosted a very special ChildLine Ball themed around their hit ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway at London’s Old Billingsgate. The fun-filled event, sponsored by Suzuki, raised over £880k for ChildLine - a new record.
The glittering event was attended by special guests including Clare Balding, Stephen Mulhern, Jeff Brazier and David Haye, as well as Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of ChildLine which has now helped nearly 4 million children since it launched in October 1986.
Themed around the hit ITV show, guests were lucky enough to experience Saturday Night Takeaway favourites including Ant vs. Dec and Win the Ads, as well as music from 80s favourites Doctor and the Medics who provided the soundtrack for Singalong Live.
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and a three course dinner before being invited to bid on exclusive auction lots including a luxury family holiday to Orlando, a Suzuki Swift SZ3 and a stunning piece by renowned artist Henri Matisse.
"Thanks to our amazing counsellors and supporters, ChildLine will continue to be there for desperate children, for as long as they need a safe place, whatever their worry, whenever they need help."
Dame Esther Rantzen / ChildLine founder
Ant & Dec said:
"Saturday Night Takeaway is always great fun, but this time it was extra special as it was all for a great cause. Every child should have someone to turn to when times are tough, and we're proud to support ChildLine whose amazing counsellors make sure children across the UK are never alone."
Dame Esther Rantzen, said:
"I'm a huge fan of Saturday Night Takeaway and of Ant & Dec, who have been wonderful ChildLine supporters over the years. Thanks to them and our incredibly generous guests, we've raised over £880k which will enable us to transform the lives of thousands of children.
"Next year is a milestone for ChildLine as we mark the service's thirtieth birthday. Thanks to our amazing counsellors and supporters, ChildLine will continue to be there for desperate children, for as long as they need a safe place, whatever their worry, whenever they need help."