A three-course lunch with actor Christopher Biggins, held at the Chewton Glen Hotel, raised £3,200 for Variety. ‘Biggins’ spoke to guests before the meal and told them about his life in show business and his many celebrity friends.

Frances Cornelius, Chair of Variety Wessex, said:

“I would like to thank ‘Biggins’ who was wonderfully entertaining, my committee and all the family, friends and supporters who attended and contributed so generously to the raffle and auction’. The money raised will go to help sick, disabled and underprivileged children in the area.”