Bury St Edmunds: Davina McCall celebrity auction raises �30,000

A STAR-studded fundraising dinner has added at least �30,000 to helping secure the future of abstinence-based treatment centre Focus 12.

The Bury St Edmunds drug and alcohol dependency charity held the sell-out event at London’s Andaz Hotel this weekend.

A four-course meal followed a champagne and smoothie reception, before guest enjoyed cabaret entertainment and bid for some top auction lots.

Davina McCall, a long-standing patron and supporter of the centre, hosted the event, which was also attended by Sadie Frost, DJ Fat Tony, ex-Frankie Goes To Hollywood lead-singer Holly Johnson and actor George Layton.

Stand-up comic Abi Roberts successfully bid �700 for a tour of Westminster and lunch with Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter.

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Davina McCall meanwhile scooped one of Boy George’s trademark hats with a starting bid of �200 after entering a good-spirited bidding war.

The former Culture Club frontman later Twittered: “@thisisdavina Bought my hat at a charity auction for the Focus 12 charity, good cause, top woman, goddess in fact!”

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The event was organised after the centre learned it is set to lose �130,000 in funding after the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team decided to make a change to its contracts.

Sarah Stamp, the charity’s event organiser, said: “The evening was a big success and there was a lot of interest in the auction. We are very fortunate to have an extremely supportive group of patrons.”

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