Former X Factor winner and guest judge Alexandra Burke dazzled audiences at the annual Diamond Ball in Liverpool last week, helping to raise £50,000 for the Prince's Trust.

Alexandra – who has had hits including ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Hallelujah’ – put on an exclusive performance for hundreds of guests at the beautiful St George’s Hall. The event was a great success and raised £50,000 to help disadvantaged young people in the North West get into work, training or education.

“It was great to be playing in Liverpool as the people are always so friendly and supportive,” said Alexandra. “The Prince’s Trust is a great cause and does fantastic work with young people across the region. I feel honoured to be able to help in some way.”

The Diamond Ball, which is considered by many to be the highlight of Liverpool’s Christmas social calendar, returned to St George’s Hall for the eighth year running. Since it started, the event has raised over £400,000 for The Prince’s Trust in the North West. The prestigious black tie event included a Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception, followed by a festive four course meal and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes in the raffle and auction. The raffle was drawn by Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fizz in Coronation Street.

North West Development Committee member of The Prince’s Trust and founder of The Diamond Ball, Steve Sealey, said: “I would like to thank Alexandra Burke for singing at tonight’s event and everyone who made the evening possible. The Prince’s Trust can make a real difference to young people’s lives and the money we’ve raised tonight will go some way to getting more young people into work.”

Guests also had the chance to win a £10,000 diamond generously donated by exclusive jewellers and long term sponsors of The Diamond Ball, David M Robinson.

An auction on the evening offered guests the opportunity to bid for an array of exclusive prizes including tickets to the final of The X Factor.

Source: Prince's Trust

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