Bond night raises £5,000

Magician Tony Steward at 007 charity event Essex

BOND FAN: Magician Tony Steward entertained guests at the Essex charity event.

Wedding magician Tony Steward added a touch of James Bond magic to a charity event which raised thousands of pounds to make some extra-special dreams come true for children and young people.

Tony volunteered his services free of charge for a 007 Casino Night which organisers have described as ‘a fabulous success’.

The event at Woolston Manor Golf and Country Club at Chigwell in Essex raised £5,400 for The Dream Factory, a charity which makes dreams come true for youngsters with severe disabilities, life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Dream Factory founder Avril Mills has written to Tony saying: “I would like to say a big thank-you for the fabulous performance. As always, everybody was enthralled and enjoyed your entertainment. I fully appreciate you giving up your time and offering your services free of charge.”

Tony, a long-standing supporter of the charity, said: “This was a brilliant event and it is heartening to know that the proceeds will benefit so many children and young people.”

So far, the charity has granted 135 dreams to youngsters ranging from a bedroom makeover to an iPad, a mobile phone with mp3 player, swimming with dolphins, a Butlins holiday or a day at the zoo.

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