Champion boxer Brian Rose, football legend Jimmy Armfield and starlet Linda Nolan showed their support for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal, helping to raise £2,520.
The stars were on hand to run an auction at Bispham Junior Football Federation’s Dinner Dance in aid of the campaign.
The Federation (BJFF) saw more than 280 guests attend the event at the De Vere Village Hotel, Blackpool, on Saturday night.
An auction on the night, with a variety of prizes, proved so popular on the night that three prizes are still being auctioned by text next week.
Michael Hartley, commercial and marketing manager for BJFF, said: “The fact that people showed such generosity is testament to people’s support for such a fantastic organisation.”
“Brian Rose proved to be the star attraction posing for numerous photos with well wishers following his recent WBO World Title eliminator victory.”
Auction prizes included chance to spar with the boxing champion at his Manchester gym, as well as signed Match Of The Day memorabilia.
Mr Hartley said: “The remaining items will be auctioned via text starting at noon on November 8 and will run until November 15. All proceeds will be added to our current running total.”
Lisa Martin, community fundraiser for Trinity Hospice, said: “For BJFF to have a ball of such size and stature was fantastic on their first attempt. They’ve done an incredible job, we can’t thank them enough.”
Mr Hartley said: “Trinity Hospice is a fantastic place that all Fylde coast citizens should be encouraged to support. The Hospice Heroes campaign is fantastic.”
To join the auction, text genuine bids to: 07771 602221 with ‘BJFF Auction – Item – Amount Bid – Name’
The prizes are: Signed and framed Wigan Warriors shirt from double winning 2013 season, a golf package with PGA Pro Dave Dorans, and an activity day at The Wright Lodge, Coniston Water.
Christmas wish for Santa Dash
It’s quite a spectacle to behold as hundred of Santas walk, skip or run across Blackpool Promenade for Trinity Hospice’s Santa Dash every December.
As part of The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign we’re hoping to inspire the biggest Santa Dash in Blackpool to date, on December 1.
2012 saw 850 people take part, donning Santa suits to make a sea of red across the front, together raising £200,000 for the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
Entry costs £10 or £5 for children, group rates are available.