James Milner Foundation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory charity event
PUBLISHED: 09:01 09 January 2017
Event City in Manchester was transformed into a world of pure imagination for the fifth annual James Milner Foundation Ball.
James Milner 2016 charity ball
Magician Ben Hanlin on stage
The magical world of Willy Wonka
X Factor star Fleur East performing
Paul Goodman of Goodman Green Magic entertains guests during dinner
Jasmyne Buswell, Claire Hughes, Hannah Kelly, Stacey Rea and Nicola Harrison
Joe Fris and Alexandra Jobson
Nigel and Sharon Mather with Fleur East (centre)
James Milner and Amy Fletcher with Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas
Julie Arnold, Joane Clayton, Sarah Middleton and Emily Jennings
Liverpool footballer, Lucas Leiva with wife Ariana
Liverpool Football Club manager, Jürgen Klopp with Ulla Klopp
Emily Lallana and Liverpool footballer, Adam Lallana
Pauline, Andrea, Olivia, Russell and Charlie Milburn with James Milner, Harry and Sam Milburn and Lauren Nash
Guests at the spectacular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed event included James’s Liverpool Football Club team mates, Adam Lallana and Lucas Leiva, as well as their manager Jürgen Klopp. They all helped to raise over £100,000 for the foundation which promotes healthy recreation for the benefit of young people by the improvement and provision of opportunities in sports.
Entertainment Today organised the quirky occasion. Willy Wonka and his team of Oompa Loompas greeted guests on the candy-lined carpet, who then enjoyed a champagne reception and singing from Louise Shufflebotham. The Chocolate Factory, complete with waterfall, gigantic hanging flowers and candy trees, was the setting for dinner. Entertainment included TV magician Ben Hanlin, impressionist Darren Farley, singer Lemar and a performance from X Factor’s Fleur East.