Glasgow was awash with tantastic celebrities on Friday night as Peter Andre, Nicola McLean, Katie Piper, Amy Childs, Harry Derbidge, Charlotte Jackson, Chelsee Healey, Laura Hogg (and her fellow Apprentice candidates) and TV favourites from TOWIE and Desperate Scousewives took to the red carpet for the Fake Bake Glitz and Glamour ball at the Radisson hotel.
But this was not just a night for showing off big hair, big smiles and erm, big personalities; the stars put their glad rags on to support the Save Your Skin Campaign, promoting the importance of sun safety and skin cancer, and helping raise funds for the Donna Mortimer-Ballantyne Charitable Trust, as well as the charity Raft, which helps people with skin disfiguring illnesses such as burns, wounds and skin cancer.
And Pete and the gang all admitted there was only one way to achieve the perfect all-over glow – FAKE IT!
Everyone fakes it from time to time, but Fake Bake founder Sandra McClumpha is keen to stress that we should all be hitting the fake tan bottle, instead of sun worshipping or venturing to the local sunbed shop.
She said: “It’s really important, we’ve been doing the Save Your Skin campaign for seven years now but this is the first event we’ve done in Glasgow so hopefully it’ll be a success tonight.”
And Sandra knows only too well the devastating effect skin cancer can have on an individual and those close to them.
Her dear friend Donna Mortimer-Ballantyne passed away last year, at the age of 39, following a nine-year battle with the disease.
While Donna was alive, she raised over £1million for charity and worked tirelessly to warn others about the dangers of sunbeds and over-exposure to the sun.
Donna’s family and friends are determined to continue her hard work and Sandra called on her celebrity buddies to back the campaign – and they were only too happy to help.
Peter Andre went back to school during the day, delivering a powerful speech about the dangers of sunbed use and sunbathing to the pupils at Hamilton College.
The star was very honest about his own sunbathing days back in Australia and his use of sunbeds in the past, but he was keen to warn the youngsters off going down that route to achieve a tan. And it seemed like the message was well received, as the excited youngsters hung on his every word.
Pete is the face of Fake Bake's Sport Daily Tan and he told stv.tv: “What we’re offering is an alternative and the reason I endorse this product is because I believe there’s a way to get that colour you want without the risk of cancer.”
On the red carpet, former TOWIE babe Amy Childs, dressed in an extravagant leopard print dress, said: “It’s a major campaign [avoiding] skin cancer. It’s all about the fake tan. I love fake tan as everyone knows!”
Celebrity Big Brother star Nicola McLean, who looked gorgeous in a floor length navy gown, said: “Most of us do want to be tanned but it is possible to look tanned and glam without risking cancer.”
Waterloo Road actress and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Chelsee Healey, dressed in a spectacular black and white fishtail frock, told us: “I feel very strongly about it, I always wear fake tan and Fake Bake and it’s important to look after our skin.”
And a gorgeously glam Josie Gibson added: “Save Your Skin is a really, really important campaign, so really delighted to be here supporting it.”
With that, the stars headed inside to enjoy a four course slap-up meal, a charity auction, raffle and entertainment provided by the band NVS and up-and-coming Scottish singer Tallia Storm, who is supporting Elton John this summer.
The Scousewives stars, along with Michelle Heaton, were first to hit the dance floor, going wild for the disco-tastic DJ who rounded off the night with a range of party classics including YMCA, Young Hearts Run Free and Love Train.
Not to be outdone, Apprentice hopefuls Adam Corbally and Stephen Brady bust some moves – not sure Lord Sugar would approve of their technique!
While some young ladies could barley move in their skyscraper Louboutins, Big Brother winner Josie swapped her glad rags for a maxi dress and the hotel slippers so she could continue partying into the wee small hours.
Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson got the male vote of the night when she joined pregnant yummy-mummy host for the evening, Suzie McGuire, to announce the raffle. Dressed in a stunning white gown, she certainly helped raise a few pounds and the temperature in the room!
Stay tuned to stv.tv/entertainment for exclusive interviews with the stars from this event, including revealing chats with Peter Andre...
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