Children’s charity Once Upon a Smile hosted their annual Gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel on 26th April. Charity founders and actors, Danny Miller and Daniel Jillings, started the children’s charity in 2011 and it now boasts patrons from the world of TV in the form of Tony Discipline, Matt Lapinskas, Elliot Tittensor, Cellach Spellman and from the world of Sport; John Ruddy and Owen Coyle.

The charity work very closely with local social services, hospices, schools and other charities offering support in the formof financial support or respite breaks to families where there has been a bereavement.

This year’s event was also sponsored by big brands such as JD Sports, Forever Unique and The Professional Football Association, and sold out with 450 guests in attendance. Guests were welcomed to a red carpet of photographers, a champagne reception and three course dining experience. The charity auction started off with a bang, along with donations and a silent raffle, the event raised just over £22,000.

The entertainment line-up as ever featured a host of No. 1 chart selling artists from the 90’s making it one of the most prestigious and rewarding events on this year’s social calendar.

 Fantastic night! The TRUVAPE perspective…

 It’s been a fortnight since the fantastic Once Upon A Smile Grand Ball 2014, which TRUVAPE helped to sponsor. And I think one or two members of our team are still recovering.

There were celebrity guests including soap stars, entertaining performances from dance acts, Katrina and the Waves and the fabulously mellow-voiced Paul Stone, glamorous ladies and hot to trot guys. All in all a much more glitzy evening than the TRUVAPE team are used to (whose favourite team night out so far involved a Chinese Buffet…). It was good to see many of the guests enjoying their complimentary disposable TRU Simples, without having to go outside into the cold dark night to smoke. Some were really taking to the vape!

And there was music, dancing, and delicious food and drink flowing all the night long. But the best part was hearing some of the stories of the people that OUAS have helped during the past twelve months.

From a bereaved husband still struggling to pay the bill for his wife’s funeral to a young boy whose twin sister died in a tragic accident, OUAS have stepped in and done something special to make the grieving families’ lives that little bit easier.

I know that I’m speaking for the whole TRUVAPE team when I say that we felt very touched and extremely proud to have been part of the night. And never more so than when we heard the grand total raised – a cracking £22,723.74!

So, although an enormous amount of fun was had by all, especially when ‘throwing some shapes’ (Sebastian!) to the classic nineties tunage on offer from special guest artists like D-Ream and Living Joy, it somehow wasn’t difficult to remember why we were all there, and why TRUVAPE had chosen to support the event.

Everyone needs a little bit of light in their lives, even when loved ones have been lost. And Once Upon A Smile is dedicated to helping families through their darkest times.

That’s what made the night so special.

(Sebastian’s dancing did help a bit, too.)

Find out more about Once Upon A Smile and the great work they do

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