Last night reggae legends UB40 performed an intimate gig in aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Star Appeal charity, raising over £16,000.
Set in the luxurious Park Regis hotel in central Birmingham, a team of six athletes, an old-school 80s band and passionate philanthropists decided to come together and host a charity event in order to raise funds for the UK’s first centre for children with rare diseases.
On arrival, guests were treated to a selection of wine and then shown to the seating area where a delicious platter of food was waiting. Lenny Scarlett – one of the athletes taking part in the appeal – took to the stage to welcome everyone and introduce the cause. He explained how many children have nowhere to turn after they receive a rare disease diagnosis, and it is now their mission to ensure that they have a UK centre.
On the 20th November, the team will attempt The Superhero Challenge; breaking the World Record for a 26-hour consecutive workout and raising £100,000 in the process. With over £30,000 raised so far, the group are well on their way to reaching their target and are hopeful that this will be the start of an ongoing relationship with Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
After the speech it was time for UB40 to hit the stage, as they opened the show with the the classic song, Food for Thought. Blue and purple lights surrounded the band as they went through their repertoire of 80s hits. The crowd cheerfully sang along to I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Red Red Wine and Kingston Town, with members of the audience gathering at the front, dancing in unison with vocalist Robin Campbell.
With the party in full swing, the exhilarating atmosphere continued through to the auction as guests entered bidding wars to purchase sport and music memorabilia. From Rihanna’s signed drum skin to Oasis’ guitar and Muhammad Ali’s glove and mask, an impressive range of items were on sale throughout the night. Guest and world champion boxer Amir Khan finished by signing a pair of gloves on stage for a lucky bidder to take home.
From music and dancing to exciting sales, the night was filled with a buzzing ambience as celebrity guests and sports professionals gathered together to promote a worthy cause. With less than two days until The Superhero Challenge commences, there is still time to donate and improve the lives of many sick children; for more information please visit the Just Giving page.
Words: Emma Walsh