Pier’s ball raises £200k

The Grand Pier was a hive of famous faces dressed head to toe in dazzling gowns and smart suits at the sixth Axentis Michael Memorial Ball on Saturday.

The ball takes place every two years providing an evening full of glamour, entertainment and auctions to raise money for the charity – which supports multiple good causes in Weston and across North Somerset.

This year more than £200,000 was raised, making the total 
raised by the charity close to £1million.

The most popular lot was a culinary experience with the 2006 winner of Celebrity MasterChef and world-famous singer Paul Young and chef Barry Vera, who both attended the event.

The chance to have a home visit from the pair sold for £12,000, prompting them to sell an additional experience evening, raising a total of £24,000.

The auction was led by fashion designer and host of The Clothes Show, Jeff Banks.

Dragon’s Den stars Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden were just some of this year’s celebrity guests, alongside ex-Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson and football pundit Ron Atkinson.

Mrs Meaden raised £10,000 for the cause by offering two behind the scenes tours of the Dragon’s Den set.

She also made a plea for Weston Hospicecare and many guests queued to pledge £500 each to the hospice.

Axentis’ son and the pier’s co-owner Kerry Michael said:

This was our best event so far. We had some absolutely fabulous auction prizes and I can only thank our suppliers, family and friends for their ongoing generosity. It was a fabulous evening.”

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