Davina McCall and Tony Hadley reunited for Southampton fundraiser | Action Medical Research

Davina McCall and Tony Hadley reunited for Southampton fundraiser

29 September 2008

Big Brother presenter Davina McCall will be joined by former Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley when she returns to Southampton in October for the second Dine With Davina event in aid of national charity Action Medical Research.

The spectacular ladies’ lunch on Friday 3rd October will attract 400 women to the five-star De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel for an afternoon of fine dining and entertainment, generously sponsored by BMI Healthcare.

The event will see host Davina, a longstanding supporter of the charity, reunited with eighties pop star Tony. The pair both appeared in the ITV reality show Reborn in the USA in 2003 in which ten British pop acts competed for the votes of an American audience. Davina was the series presenter, while Tony was the eventual winner!

Since then Tony has had a busy touring schedule, appeared in West End musical Chicago and recorded a new swing album - but he will be sure to include some old Spandau hits when he sings for Southampton’s ladies.

Money raised by the event will go to Action Medical Research’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal, which funds vital medical research aimed at reducing pregnancy complications and premature birth, and finding new treatments to help sick babies.

For of Mum-of-three Davina the cause is very close to her heart – she would have loved to have been a midwife had she not become the TV star she is today. Davina said: “I’m really looking forward this year’s event. It will be bigger and better than ever, I promise! Touching Tiny Lives is such an important cause. I’ve been lucky enough to have had three wonderful pregnancies and three healthy children. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would be to have problems at any stage in a pregnancy. More money is urgently needed to continue to fund crucial research and give more babies a better start in life.”

The Keefe family, from Compton near Southampton, know just how important this work is. Ten-year-old twins Lucy and Robbie spent three months in a special care baby unit when they born 12 weeks early. Their two-year-old sister, Olivia, was also born seven weeks early. Tragically, their other sister, Sophie, suffered a sever bleed to the brain and died at just one month old. She had been born 13 weeks early.

Mum Julie, who will be attending Dine With Davina, says: “A lot of time and money is spent retrospectively, looking at how to treat premature babies once they’re born. But if we could find out more about what causes premature birth and how to prevent it, you could save millions of pounds and stop people having to go through what we have.”


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