Soap stars support charity ball

Mikey North, Debbie Rush, Jenny McAlpine and Antony Cotton at the ball.
Mikey North, Debbie Rush, Jenny McAlpine and Antony Cotton at the ball.

CORONATION Street stars were among 185 glamorous guests at the Pure Leisure Group’s tenth annual charity ball.

The annual event was hosted by the group’s owner John Morphet, who also acted as auctioneer, at his home near Milnthorpe.

Manchester based charity Moodswings, which helps people struggling with serious emotional distress, received proceeds of £25,000 on top of £45,000 it received from the 2011 event.

The event included an auction of prizes including luxury holidays in Barbados, exquisite jewellery from Diamonds International and signed memorabilia from TV and sporting celebrities.

Adeline Lister, marketing director for main sponsors, Caribbean based Diamonds International, jetted in with a glittering array of items for the auction, which raised £15,000.

Coronation Street stars, Jennie McAlpine - aka Fiz Stape, Antony Cotton – aka Sean Tully and Debbie Rush – aka Anna Windass, stole the show with a medley of songs including River Deep Mountain High and Copacabana.

Jennie, who supports her dad Tom, with Moodswings, said: “Everyone had such a wonderful night, we enjoyed great company, entertainment, food and dancing and the best part of the whole evening was that we raised an awful lot of money for an incredible cause.”

Mr McAlpine told guests about the work Moodswings does to help a wide range of people.

Mr Morphet, who owns a string of award-winning UK holiday parks including South Lakeland Leisure Park near Borwick and Fell End Park near Milnthorpe, has raised more than £500,000 for good causes since he started hosting the balls.

He said: “Not only were we celebrating our 10th anniversary in Diamond Jubilee year but another milestone was achieved as we welcomed our 2,000th guest since the event began in 2003!”