Corrie stars help Keith raise €80,000 for charity

STARS from Coronation Street and a host of well-known Irish personalities came together at the weekend to help ex-Boyzone singer Keith Duffy raise €80,000 for autistic charities.

Sixteen actors from English soap attended a black tie gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday night which followed Keith Duffy’s Pepsi Celebrity Golf Classic in aid of the Irish Autism Alliance and autistic school, CABAS Dublin.

The Corrie stars visited each table and encouraged everyone to bid generously in the all important charity auction. A selection of unique items were bid for in a frenzy, including a complete catalogue of U2’s music that contains previously unreleased tracks; a day with Irish soccer hero Robbie Keane at White Hart Lane; the chance to attend David Bowie’s Dublin concert and meet one of music’s greatest living legends in person backstage on the night, and two signed international jerseys played in by Will Carling and Brian O’Driscoll.

Among the soap stars who attended the bash were Tina O’ Brien (Sarah-Louise Platt), Bruce Jones (Les Battersby), Simon Gregson (Steve MacDonald) and Chris Gascoigne (Peter Barlow).

Ireland’s favourites were also out in force, including Brendan O’Carroll, Finbar Furey, Dickie Rock and Red Hurley

Keith Duffy said: “It has been amazing, considering what I do for a living, I’m not normally lost for words. However, because this event and its causes mean so much to me, I really don’t know how to explain how fantastic it has been to witness the generosity of everyone that has attended.”

Cormac Rennick of the Irish Autism Alliance said: “There is still a large amount of ignorance regarding the condition, but events such as this help to raise awareness and also the much needed funding.”

Approximately €80,000 was raised at the star-studded charity event, which was followed by a VIP party at SIN nightclub.

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