EastEnders stars at brave St Albans boy Bailey’s ball
TAKE That fan Jo Palmer knew exactly what to do after successfully bidding for a Gary Barlow-signed music system at the weekend.
She immediately puckered up and kissed the famous singer’s signature.
Jo was one of about 180 people attending the Believe Ball on Saturday which raised over �11,500 for the Bailey Sarwa Appeal.
The event was held at Luton Hoo in aid of 13-year-old Bailey Sarwa, of St Albans, who is fighting a recurrence of rare cancer Neuroblastoma.
His many supporters are trying to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds towards his antibody treatment in either Germany or the United States after he was refused the care in this country.
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So far a total of �150,000 has been raised as a result of a wide range of charity events throughout the district for Bailey, who arrived by limousine at the ball with a group of friends.
Several EastEnders stars attended the event including Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale on the BBC soap, Shona McGarty (aka Whitney Dean) and Shane Richie (Alfie Moon).
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Patsy Palmer (Bianca Butcher) was unable to DJ the event as a member of her family fell ill and Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon) also did not attend.
Adam spent hours helping during the ball, selling hundreds of raffle tickets.
He joked: “This is an easy job – it’s like mugging people.”
Impressed diner Andrew Sibley described Adam as a “top man” for going from table to table, chatting with people while selling tickets.
Glamorous actor Shona McGarty helped TV presenter and auctioneer “John the Hammer Cameron” auction items including a signed Theo Walcott England football, shirt and boots – which went for over �1,000 – and boxing gloves signed by Joe Calzaghe.
Jo Palmer and David Maisey bought the Gary Barlow signed sound system for �630, tickets to see BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and a pair of ballroom dancing shoes for �380.
David said he had bid for both as: “I love Jo, and she loves Gary Barlow.”
He added: “The money I have paid has gone to a charity that we completely support.”
A thrilled Jo described her sparkly silver Cavalli shoes as “lush”.
Bailey’s mum Becki Jones gave an emotional speech about her son and his illness, admitting: “I can’t imagine life without him, so we need to get him better; people have been absolutely amazing.”
His father, Chris Sarwa, said he was humbled by support for Bailey, adding: “I don’t know how you can repay that; my heartfelt thanks from the bottom of my heart.”
Shane Richie and The Prelude were lucky to arrive at the ball after being stuck in a traffic jam on the M25. Shane said the band had to take a few side roads to arrive on time.
Bailey enjoyed the entire night so much that he has apparently asked for another like it, to celebrate Christmas.
To donate to the appeal, please see www.baileysarwa.co.uk