Jacob's Moonlight Ball in aid of JUMP children's charity, Manchester Hilton Hotel

Celebrity guests added some sparkle to Jacob's Moonlight Ball at Manchester's Hilton Hotel in aid of JUMP children's charity, based in Warrington.

Celebrity guests added some sparkle to Jacob’s Moonlight Ball at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel in aid of JUMP children’s charity, based in Warrington.

Sir Alex Ferguson was one of several football guests who attended, as the event’s main sponsor was the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE also attended.

JUMP provides families of children suffering from serious illnesses with the opportunity through photography and film to capture important memories. Jacob Hawthorn, the inspiration behind the charity, died when he was three after suffering from congenital muscular dystrophy. Afterwards, Jacob’s family found comfort in the memories they had created through photography and video and as such JUMP was founded.

Guests at the Moonlight Ball enjoyed dinner and entertainment compered by Ian Royce, the country’s leading television warm-up artist, and Carly Stenson who sang hits from the musical Legally Blonde.

Guests bid for covetable auction prizes including signed and framed Lionel Messi and David Beckham shirts, a meal for eight cooked in your own home by the Hilton’s chef David Gale, a helicopter flight plus lunch at the Inn at Whitewell and a hospitality box for eight at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Over �30,000 was raised from the night.

Kate McCarthy, JUMP patron said: ‘Being a relatively small charity we are really looking forward to highlighting the work we do, and the comfort we bring to the children and families at such difficult and challenging times.’

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