F1 party raises cash for hospital

Tewkesbury Admag: Vernon Kay and Tess Daly attended the F1 bash Vernon Kay and Tess Daly attended the F1 bash

A host of celebrities took pole position with racing drivers at a Formula One party to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The star-studded event was organised by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's daughter Tamara, who has been involved in raising money for the children's charity for the past five years.

She said: "We raised £650,000 last year and this year, in my mind, the target is to beat that. Great Ormond Street is such an amazing place and obviously they need all the money we can get. These are hard times for people but I think people who come here tonight should dig deep and spend lots of money."

The socialite, who wore a gold beaded Pucci dress for the occasion, said it would be "amazing" if a Grand Prix was to be held in central London as has been suggested by her father. Bernie was at the event but did not speak to reporters

She said: "I think London is such a fabulous city and Formula One is glamourous and fabulous and fantastic, and street circuits have such a great buzz about them so I would be all for it."

Other famous guests walking the pink carpet at the event included Great Ormond Street Hospital patrons Vernon Kay and his wife Tess Daly, singer Beverley Knight and TV reality star Mark Wright.

Mark said: "I'm a big supporter of the charity. I'm a supporter of any charity that I'm invited to, because it's just good to come somewhere when you know it's such a good cause. I'm a big fan of Formula One. I love Lewis Hamilton, (Fernando) Alonso... it's just something I've always watched since I was a kid. I've got a fast car myself."

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