Famous faces set to light up Grand Pier for charity fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 February 2018

Left to right: Quentin Wilson, Deborah Meadon, Jeff Banks and Theo Paphitis at the last Axentis Michael memorial ball, at the Grand Pier.

Left to right: Quentin Wilson, Deborah Meadon, Jeff Banks and Theo Paphitis at the last Axentis Michael memorial ball, at the Grand Pier.

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A flurry of famous faces will descend on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier for a fundraising spectacular.

Legendary British boxer Chris Eubank, TV’s Quentin Wilson, former Dragons Den stalwart Theo Paphitis, current Dragons Den investor Deborah Meaden and acclaimed fashion designer Jeff Banks will be among the stars attending the glittering gala, in Marine Parade, on March 3.

There are a handful of tickets still available which include a three-course dinner, lavish drinks reception and live entertainment.

The event is the eighth bi-annual memorial ball staged by the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust, which started as a small charity memorial to remember and honour the life of former Weston hotelier Axentis Michael, who died in 2003.

The trust has since grown into one of the town’s largest charitable concerns.

Working alongside the Prince’s Trust, all the funds raised are distributed to those most in need in the community.

They have now raised more than £1million in memorial ball events, with the last shindig, in December 2016, raising a record £252,000 in just one evening.

Among the items up for grabs this year are day trips on a luxury yacht, the chance to drive an old Formula One car plus a number of items donated by world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, including a replica world championship belt, signed gloves and signed shorts.

Meaden will once again offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dragon’s Den set along with a meet and greet and lunch with all the entrepreneurs.

This experience was sold at the last ball for £5,000.

Alex Demetriou, from the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust, said: “This event is the highlight of the social calendar and we are very grateful to everybody who helps us to assist those in our community who are most in need.

“Thanks to the generosity of businesses, friends and supporters, through the donations of goods and services, the memorial ball has no direct costs, which means every single pound we raise on the night will go to worthy causes within our catchment area.”

The Axentis Michael memorial ball will take place at the Grand Pier on March 3 at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £85, are available from www.grandpier.co.uk or 01934 646155.

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