The annual Mirror Ball, this year in its 5th year raised over £70,000 at The Lowry Hotel on Friday 6th March, with money still being calculated.

The evening saw celebrities and Mancunians brush shoulders with one another, including Michelle Keegan, Mark Wright, Helen Flanagan and more.

Fantastic auction prizes, such as a trip on a private yacht and a private box for 10 to see Take That with a champagne reception were up for grabs, with all of the lots being sold, racking up over £20,000 for Forever Manchester in the process.

Before this year’s event, Ambassador Andrew Trott-Barn (our Fundraiser of the Year this year) and his team had raised £116k, this has now increased dramatically, and his team are now nearly hitting the £200,000 mark on £186,000 in the four years they’ve been donating proceeds from The Mirror Ball and The Halloween Spooktacular, which we are incredibly thankful for, and proud to have them as Ambassadors of our charity.

These individuals include; Andrew Trott-Barn, Natalie Gray, Suzie Bell, Siobhan Hanley and Daisy Pickles.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of the evening, who were; Serco, The Mullwood Partnership, Irwin Mitchell, Neighbourhood, QDos Fitness and Wild Spritz.

The evening had a whole host of entertainment, including performances from Lucy Hope, The Diamantes and 90s favourites 911. There was also some brilliant magic on show thanks to Dominic Anthony.

Awards for best dressed went to Helen Flanagan, who was glowing in a stunning blue dress and showing off her lovely baby bump. She was joined by her friend Jay Birmingham, who took away the award for best dressed male. Best Tweeter went to Ambassador Chris Marsh and best selfie went to our Captain Manchester Award winner and Ambassador Dave Foran.

The night was hosted by Capital Breakfast’s Rob Ellis and Nigel ‘Wingman’ Clucas once more, who had the room in the palm of their hands again.

After guests were sat, they were welcomed by Andrew Trott-Barn, before being blown away by a passionate speech from Ambassador Terry Snowden MBE, founder of The Heroes Project, who Forever Manchester has supported for a number of years.

If you attended, head to The Mirror Ball’s Facebook page now to see if you were papped by our trusty photographer Carl Sukonik of The Vain Photography.