Star Ball 2016

10th October 2016

On October 8, the glamorous Hilton Manchester Deansgate celebrated its 10th anniversary in style at their annual Star Ball for the Foundation.

It was a sparkling evening of entertainment and solidarity in support of the Foundation and the SMA Trust, the only UK charity solely dedicated to funding research into a cure and treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a progressive, muscle-wasting condition that is the number 1 genetic killer of children under two years old in the UK.


A host of celebrities and bussiness personalities attended the event, including our patron Christopher Biggins, who presented the auction, and Coronation Street stars Catherine Tylesdey, Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate’s Star Ball, always held in partnership with the Foundation, has been a feature in the social calendar of the city of the last 10 years. Thanks to the support of the hotel, we have been able to work with local projects to transform thousands of young lives in the Manchester area.

Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation, said: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Hilton Manchester Deansgate. during the last decade. This partnership has gone much further than our annual Star Ball. Through our fundraising activities and newspaper giveaway events we have worked with the hotel to allocate 41 grants to different local causes since 2007. We are delighted of the extent of our contribution and the impact we have had in the lives of many young people in Manchester and across the Northwest region.”

Thank you to the following generous sponsors that made the evening possible: JD Sports, Football Capital. ActiveWin and Swizzels.