Dave honoured for his charity work
Published on: 28 Feb 2016
A DOWNEND fundraiser has been honoured for his work in raising money for a children’s charity.
Thanks to Dave Hook’s charity events thousands of pounds has been collected for Variety, an organisation which provides support to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.
During his latest event - a star-studded Valentine’s bash at Bristol’s Marriott Royal Hotel - Dave was awarded with a surprise Variety Charity Ambassadorship.
Receiving the same award was Darren ‘Daz’ Sims who works with Dave in organising fundraisers.
Celebrity guests at the e vent, which raised £6,000 for the charity, included comedian and Variety Celebrity Ambassador Eddie Large; Johnny Briggs from Coronation Street; and BBC presenter Alex Lovell.
Both Dave and Darren, who are Bristol music scene stalwarts, have raised an estimated £50,000 for Variety since 2008.
The event included a raffle and an auction, with a signed guitar from Queen drummer Roger Taylor raising £1,300. Entertainment was provided at the red carpet drinks reception from Variety Young Ambassador Lottee Brown, performing her own single Stronger along with an assortment of other songs.
Dave and Darren also stole the show performing a near two-hour Tribute to Rod Stewart.
Comedy came from Bristol comedian Dave Pitt while local soprano Francesca wowed the crowd with tunes from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
Pamela Sinclair, chief barker of Variety, said: “The South West Valentine’s Lunch was a spectacular event, raising much-needed funds for Variety. The lunch is fast becoming a staple in Variety South West’s events calendar. We would once more like to thank Daz and Dave for their ongoing commitment to the charity.”