It started with a promise, an idea and a lot of support
from friends, family, companies, strangers and we
wouldnt have been able to do it without your
Tillys Godparents came up with the idea of The
Give Tilly a Hand Appeal and the fantastic idea
of asking Celebrities to Give a Hand Print for Tilly
and customise it as they liked, these handprints would
be auctioned to raise money for Tillys new hands.
The handprints started to roll in one by one and it
was amazing to see actually how many celebrities were
touched by Tillys story and wanted to donate
their handprint too!
A company called Photography for Little People
telephoned us one evening after seeing us on the news
discussing the celebrity handprints. They kindly offered
to donate their time, skill and materials to take
clay celebrity hand impressions. We travelled up and
down the county taking the hand impressions and Tilly
got to meet many celebrities that wanted to help her!
Photography for Little People became our Headline
Sponsor at our Celebrity Handprint Auction 2009 .
Denise telephoned us one day and said that she had
been told about Tilly and as she was a local girl
she would love to help us. Denise popped around for
coffee one afternoon to play with Tilly and meet us
all. She wanted to help with our appeal and help us
collect handprints for our forthcoming ball. Denise
interviews celebrities daily on Loose Women and asked
as many guests as she could to join in and help by
giving a handprint! Denise became the patron of The
Give Tilly a Hand Appeal - click here to read more.
The more people heard about Tilly the more people
wanted to help in their free time and we soon gathered
a steering committee who would help me organise this
The Newcastle/Gateshead Hilton Hotel September 5th
Shocking Pink and Black! Photographers! Celebrities!
Shocking Pink Hand -printed Carpet with champagne
on arrival! Magicians! Showgirls dressed in Black
and Pink feathers, Star Wars Characters, Characters
and cars from the James Bond films..... From the moment
that our guests walked through the door there was
glamour and glitz with a display of celebrity handprints,
balloon bonanza and a chance to win an Audi TT.
Space Craft Ltd had dramatically transformed the Gateshead
suite at the Hilton with glitzy chandeliers and feathers,
huge hanging handprints and giant screens!
The night was full of delicious food, drink and entertainment
including the Encore Dancers, Kennedy the Mind Illusionist
and our Special Headline Act, Richard Fleeshman who
sat at his White Grand Piano. We also had a teary
video presentation about Tillys story and appeal
accompanied by X Factor finalists BADLASHES singing
Tillys songs live Patience (Take That)
and Somewhere over the Rainbow! And of course our
handprints were auctioned by our celebrities!
The night was amazing and we couldnt have been
happier! We raised approximately £30,000 for
Tilly that night which is overwhelming.
Special thanks goes out to....Photography for Little
People (Metrocentre Gateshead), Stylefrog Creative,
Denise Welch, Alan Dobson (DD Events) Samantha, Nicola
and Kate from the Centre for Life Newcastle, Alan
Wareham, Tricycle Media, The Frame House Consett,
Digitalab, The Newcastle/Gateshead Hilton Hotel, Spacecraft
Ltd, Hayley and the Encore Dancers, Kennedy the Mind
Illusionist, Badlashes, Richard Fleesham, Event Diva,
RT Design, Shes Gott It, Jaws, Star Wars Characters,
Amblergem, Alan Fox, Audi, Nestle, Drambui, Sugarfun,
Cakes Unlimited, Northumbrian Water, Jonathan Ross,
Scott Henshall, Duncan Bannatyne, Charlie Hardwick,
Chis Geere, Vicky Hawkins and Liam McGough and all
of the Celebrities who gave their handprints.
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