POP sensation Peter Andre was the star act at the The Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball which raised more than £500,000 for Chestnut Tree House.

During a visit to the children’s hospice earlier this year, Peter said he was blown away by what he had seen and experienced.

Fast forward to December and the singer took to the stage as the star act at the ball, wowing the 523 guests.

A staggering £516,230 was raised on the night.

Guests enjoyed a three-course meal in a winter wonderland setting at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, as well as a host of fundraising activities and entertainment, celebrating 15 years of children’s hospice care.

The Snowman himself attended to meet and greet guests at the drinks reception, before appearing on stage to deliver a special message from Raymond Briggs, read out by host, Danny Pike:

Supporters at the event included lifetime patron Ambrose Harcourt; Olympic Champion, Sally Gunnell OBE; model and racing driver, Jodie Kidd; and Paralympic equestrian champion, Natasha Baker MBE.

MasterChef 2018 Champion, Kenny Tutt also attended and was thanked for helping Chestnut Tree House with the menu selection for the night.

In addition to a set from Peter, guests were treated to energy-filled routines from street dance act, Nu Sxool, who wowed “Britain’s Got Talent” audiences in 2012, as well as live music from solo jazz vocalist, Julia Birkinshaw; and party band Ambassador.

The highlight of the evening was the heartfelt speech by Lorna Cobbett, who spoke about what Chestnut Tree House means to her and her family.

Lorna’s triplet daughter, Essie, went to Chestnut Tree House from 13 weeks old, before sadly passing away in August 2017, aged 18 months.

She talked about the ways the Chestnut Tree House care team were there through the worst days and helped the family make memories – little moments to treasure forever.

Lorna’s speech was followed by the Spectacular Auction. Auctioneer Nick Muston encouraged guests to dig deep for some “money-can’t buy” items and experiences, including a Goodwood VIP Motoring Experience with Jodie Kidd.