Celebrity patrons donned their best frocks and suits to support Ellenor hospice's Orange Ball, which raised an impressive £62,000 - and to celebrate the Kent charity's 30th birthday.

The central London event - which was held next door to St Paul's Cathedral - was attended by The Wanted's Tom Parker, Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison, and Charlotte Hawkins from Good Morning Britain.

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(Back-front, Left-right) Tom Parker, Phil Spencer, Charlotte Hawkins, Rachel Holweger (Ellenor's director of fundraising), Claire Cardy (Ellenor's Chief Executive) and Cheryl Fergison.

Meanwhile, entertainment was provided by The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson, dancing group FabbaGirls and balloon model Miss Ballooniverse.

Kent cricket legend Chris Cowdrey hosted the auction - with prizes ranging from lunch with Mr Parker, to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Good Morning studio, tickets to Arsenal v Man City, and a Harley Davidson.

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Chris Cowdrey ​auctions off lunch with Tom Parker

Barnehurst couple Liz Green, 28, and Matt Wenham, 39, the parents of one year-old Mia, gave an emotional account of how Ellenor has helped them to cope with the shock of finding themselves with a terminally ill child.

Northall Road resident Miss Green said: "With the 24/7 help and support of Ellenor, we can care for Mia at home.

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Baby Mia and her loving dad

"We could be blessed with five to 15 years with our precious daughter and, every year we reach will be a milestone.

"I feel safe knowing Ellenor will be by our side throughout."

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Tom Parker with his actress girlfriend Kelsey Hardwick

Fundraising director Rachel Holweger said: "We rely on the community to help us continue supporting the growing number of children and families that need our care – so we are delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount at our very first Orange Ball.

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Charlotte Hawkins from Good Morning Britain

"Thank you to everyone who made this event so special – including our wonderful celebrity supporters.

"We are already looking ahead to next year and making plans for the Orange Ball 2016."

Ellenor is a hospice charity, providing care and support to patients of all ages - and their families.