Here's a feelgood X Factor story to start your Friday morning!
Last night [Thursday 18 October] saw the hotly anticipated X Factor ChildLine Ball take place at The Savoy, London, raising over £500,000 for ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for vulnerable children and young people provided by the NSPCC.
Hosted by Caroline Flack, The X Factor ChildLine Ball featured performances by Janet Devlin and Diva Fever, introduced by voice of The X Factor, Peter Dickson. Guests included ChildLine founder, Esther Rantzen CBE and Sinitta.
Organised by a committee chaired by Stuart Orr of Accenture, the X Factor themed event saw glamorous guests decked out in black tie getting into the party spirit. A silent auction allowed guests to bid on lots including a two-night stay at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden, a portrait of Valentino by Martin Schoeller, and the chance to be immortalised in a book penned by the bestselling author Martina Cole. And a late addition saw one lucky guest winning a personalised voicemail message recorded by voice of The X Factor, Peter Dickson.
But the main event was undoubtedly the live auction which featured lots including a luxury holiday to Mauritius, VIP tickets to The X Factor live final and a one-of-a-kind replica phonebox transformed by architect Ian Ritchie into a copper masterpiece which featured in the BT ArtBox exhibition earlier this year. Before bidding commenced, Simon Cowell encouraged guests to bid generously in a video message in which he spoke of his support for ChildLine.
Host of The Xtra Factor, Caroline Flack, said: “It was a privilege to host this year’s X Factor ChildLine Ball and it was really heart-warming to see such a wealth of support for this fantastic cause. The money raised will go towards helping some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, many of whom have nowhere else to turn, so I’m delighted to have been involved.”
ChildLine founder, Esther Rantzen CBE, said: “Even after 25 years, recent headlines prove there is just as much need for ChildLine's crucial service as ever. We know we are saving lives and protecting children from pain every day, but we could not answer a single child without the support we receive from fabulous events like The X Factor ChildLine Ball.
“Not only did our guests enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment, but they were incredibly generous. Thanks to them, we were able to raise over £500,000 which will enable us to transform the lives of hundreds of desperate children. We would especially like to thank Caroline Flack, Janet Devlin and Diva Fever who brought the glamour of The X Factor into our ballroom, and we are enormously grateful to the dedicated committee for making the evening such a resounding success.”
Children and young people can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 1111 and at www.childline.org.uk.