Charity ambassadors Christine and Paddy McGuinness onstage at the Twinkle Ball event

On the last weekend of Autism Awareness Month, our ambassadors, Christine and Paddy McGuinness held their second Twinkle Ball in aid of the National Autistic Society raising an estimated £200,000.

Many guests attended the ball, which saw comedy from Jason Manford, Britain’s Got Talent act Boogie Storm, Britain’s Greatest Dancer pair Harry and Eleiyah as well as a live auction and raffle hosted by Paddy, Freddie Flintoff and Keith Lemon. There was also music from TOWIE’s James ‘Arg’ Argent and a surprise performance from Rick Astley. The evening ended with a DJ set from Marvin Humes.

Quoted in OK! Magazine about why she organises the event for the National Autistic Society, Christine McGuinness said:

It’s about giving something back. They mean so much to our children and us.

In the interview, which is out now, Paddy gave advice to other parents of autistic children:

Supporting each other is key, we’d be lost without each other. We’re lucky because although I’m busy at work, we’re still a very close family unit.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said, “We are both very proud and thankful to our amazing ambassadors, Christine and Paddy, for hosting another fabulous Twinkle Ball. The incredible work you and your team have put into this event is testament to your passion for raising awareness of autism and vital funds for the National Autistic Society. There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK and your support will help more autistic people and their families to receive help and advice that can transform their lives.”

OK! Magazine is out now, where you can read the full interview!

 

Collage of photos from the Twinkle Ball fundraising event