TV stars raise cash for charity at Eurovision-themed event

Television stars support the Moodswings cause at a Eurovision-themed night.
Television stars support the Moodswings cause at a Eurovision-themed night.
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Stars of the television world have helped a charity to raise thousands of pounds – at a lunch where Eurovision was the theme.

Around 180 people attended to help the charity Moodswings raise cash.

Representatives of the British Holiday Homes and Holiday Parks Association present a cheque to Tom McAlpine, second left, and Linda Wilson, far right.

Representatives of the British Holiday Homes and Holiday Parks Association present a cheque to Tom McAlpine, second left, and Linda Wilson, far right.

Debbie Rush, Jennie McAlpine, Ellie Leach, Suranne Jones and Annie Wallace were among those who gave their support for Moodswings, which is a cause which supports people from Hartlepool as well as other parts of the country.

Moodswings manager Linda Wilson is from Hartlepool. She runs the charity with her partner Tom McAlpine, the father of Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine.

Linda said: “We were entertained by music from Paul Walker as well as Eurovision singers Ray Carouana, Nicki French and Alex Larke who entertained us with their own hits and Eurovision classics.

“Alex and Nicki agreed to do a surprise duet of Still In Love With You, which brought the house down.

“Guests enjoyed a three-course meal and a welcome glass of prosecco and had the chance to buy raffle tickets or enter our quiz.

“The quiz was hosted by Jonathan Harvey, the writer of Beautiful Thing, Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie and of course the play Boom Bang a Bang. We raised over £4,000 for Moodswings.”

Moodswings helps those suffering from emotional distress. It does it by providing information, advice and ongoing support via the helpline.

Dad-of-two Tom McAlpine has been involved in mental healthcare for more than 40 years and he set up the charity Moodswings in 1999. He is now its chairman.

For more details, contact its hotline on (0161) 8323736 or email info@ moodswings.org.uk