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Diamond Ball
September 26th 2010


It was a special night for a very special little girl.

The celebs were out in force last night to give Tilly Lockey a hand.

Stars from the worlds of television and music were among the guests at the glittering Tilly Lockey Diamond Ball, at the Hilton Hotel on Gateshead’s Quayside.

Dressed in dinner jackets and ball gowns guests at last night’ glittering event, got the chance to bid for bespoke diamond jewellery, unique signed sport and music memorabilia and celebrity hand prints to raise money for Tilly, who lives in Tow Law, County Durham.

The youngster’s dad, Adam, 30, was overwhelmed to see so many people turn out in support of his little girl.

“It’s just so amazing to see people bending over backwards to help someone they don’t even know,” he said. “We encourage her to thank all the people that are helping her, and she calls the money they donate ‘hand coins’.”

Guests at the swanky diamond-themed ball included former Big Brother stars Anthony Hutton and Liam McGough and Bad Lashes singer, Emily McNamee.

They were treated to a special performance by X Factor star Diana Vickers, who was delighted to help raise funds for the four-year-old.

Diana said: “I’m thrilled to be able to support the Give Tilly a Hand Appeal. Hopefully we can help to give this wonderful little girl the hands she needs.”

Each party-goer got the chance to get their picture taken on a fairytale throne with Tilly on their way in.

And the youngster, dressed in a pretty pale green dress, beamed for the camera, as she welcomed guests.

“She just loves it,” Adam added. “She sees it as one big party.

“But it’s not just about Tilly. We want to raise awareness and help all meningitis sufferers. Tilly’s illness has given us a purpose and we are going to fight forever to beat meningitis.

In the end, more than £20,000 was raised at a glittering charity ball.


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Tillys Story
On Monday 22nd January 2007 Adam and Sarah Lockey were told Tilly had little chance of survival after contracting group B meningococcal septicaemia.

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On top of doing everything that we can to make Tillys life as normal as possible, making sure she has the same opportunities as any other child, we also work to raise awareness about Meningitis.

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