Guests at a charity ball ‘put on the Ritz’ and generously raised almost £8,000.

Cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step’s Hollywood Ball was held at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel .

The event, which was designed to celebrate the success of the children who benefit from the centre in Wallasey, was attended by some very special VIPs who told the other guests about how Stick ‘n’ Step has helped them.

Heidi Waite and her mum, along with 10-year-old George Shaw from Ellesmere Port and his father Dave, were the real stars of the show when they came on stage with their stories. Guests were able to see and hear first-hand how valuable and life-changing the work is to the children who go to Stick ‘n’ Step.

Right from the start of the evening it was Hollywood glamour all the way.

From the red carpet arrival, Vegas showgirls and champagne welcome, right through to the musical entertainment and luxurious auction and raffle prizes on offer, guests were able to relax, eat, drink, dance – and of course raise money for Stick ‘n’ Step.

Vegas showgirls greeted guests 

Operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step Sarah Smithson said: “The ball is one of our most important annual events. Not only does it make a considerable contribution to our running costs, but it’s also an opportunity to really celebrate the work we do with our children and the difference it makes to them and their families.”

Other special guests on the night included the charity’s two newest ambassadors, Neil Lofthouse and Lily Kendall, wife of the late Howard Kendall, former Everton player and manager.

Lily was so impressed with her time on stage with George compering the raffle that she bid and won a special Sky Sports Soccer AM experience for him.

Viral video footage of George practising his football skills on an Ellesmere Port playing field captured hearts around the world – including that of Everton star Gerard Deulofeu – earlier this year. The youngster, a big Everton fan, was even invited to Goodison Park as a special guest by Deulofeu when the Toffees played Swansea City.

Stick ‘n’ Step provides support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. For further information about the charity and how you can help, visit or call 0151 638 0888.