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Shane Richie hosts celebrity fundraiser for children's charity

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Shane Richie has hosted a celebrity fundraising event in aid of a children's charity.

The EastEnders actor, who plays Alfie Moon in the soap, said that he feels "proud" to be an ambassador for Barnet-based children's charity Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.

Richie led a silent auction and sold raffle tickets at the Big Night In event held at Elstree Studios on October 25. According to the Barnet and Potters Bar Times, Sonia de Freitas gave a tribute speech in honour of her son Pedro who died earlier this year.

Along with daughter Rachel, she talked about how much Pedro had loved watching EastEnders and revealed how much support the family has received from the staff at Noah's Ark since he became ill.

After their speech, Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley performed on stage, followed by dance group Flawless and X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon.

Richie said after the event: "I'm very proud to be an ambassador for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Tonight's event has raised a phenomenal amount for the charity - thanks to everyone who took part and came along to make the evening such a success."

The star managed to raise £19,000 at the charity gala.

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