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Inside Denise Welch's 20th Charity Ball with star-studded line-up and performers


The Loose Women star is back to work following the death of her father, Vin, and has celebrated the 20th anniversary of her annual charity event and the huge sum of money raised over the years

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Denise Welch teary-eyed as she recalls her dad’s final days

Denise Welch stunned in scarlet as she hosted a star studded charity bash in Manchester over the weekend – weeks after the tragic death of her father, Vin.

The 63-year-old Loose Women star looked radiant in a low cut gown as she welcomed friends and celebs to her annual Denise Welch Charity Ball, organised by Entertainment Today.

Denise oozed glamour for the bash – which had a Hooray for Hollywood theme and saw performances from the Destiny Singers, M People icon Heather Small, and S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara.

The talk show star looked in high spirits as she posed for photos while flanked by TV stars Katie Mcglynn and Jane Danson at the event one Saturday night.








Denise Welch was beaming as she celebrated her charity gala alongside Katie McGlynn and Jane Danson
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The ladies stunned in ballgowns at Saturday night’s event
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Katie, 28, looked elegant in a strapless black ball gown and paired the dress with stylish heels featuring sparkly details above her toe line.

While Jane dazzled in a strapless dress of her own – complete with a red flower agains black material print while she also carried a simple black bag.

A host of stars were out to celebrate the good cause – with Corrie star, Sue Devaney, 54, appearing as a guest and a performer as she belted out a rendition of Edith Piaf’s No Regrets on stage.








Denise made a grand entrance at the 20th annual event
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Corrie star Sue Devaney belted out a rendition of Edith Piaf’s No Regrets
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Fellow soap star Leon Lopez was also on hand, supporting Sue from the floor after she performed.

Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson wowed in a black dress as she attended the star studded bash as she helped celebrate the charitable event.

A statement following the part highlights: “The evening paid tribute to the past 20 years of fundraising and a was a celebration of the £800,000+ raised by the event over the years.”

Denise’s grand return to the event comes just days after she made her return to the spotlight as a panelist on Loose Women.








Katie stunned in an elegant, strapless, black dress
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The star had been absent from the show since September following the sudden death of her father, Vin – who died after losing his fight with pneumonia and after battling pulmonary fibrosis.



Denise broke down in tears as she retuned to the ITV lunchtime show for the first time and as her fellow panelists paid tribute to her late father.

She wept: “Last time I was here I was asking you all to celebrate with me after my dad… had made such a valiant recovery and then he got what started as a temperature, he had some paracetamol and it went down and unfortunately he had to go to hospital.

“He was furious. We kept saying ‘You’ve got to. It’s only for a few days’. Unfortunately it wasn’t only 2 or three days.”








Leon Lopez posed with Sue after her barnstorming performance
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Lysette Anthony and Alex Fletcher were also there
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Fighting back tears, Denise continued: “He had pulmonary fibrosis which hadn’t been causing problems but the pneumonia on top was what he couldn’t beat.

Breaking down, she revealed that medics at the facility he was being treated at asked Denise and her younger sister Debbie if they wanted Vin to know his condition was terminal.

She explained: “Dad didn’t know he was going. The palliative team came to talk o Debbie and I. And asked if our dad was compos mentis enough to know he wasn’t going to recover… Because of the lack of oxygen his capacity wasn’t [what it was].”


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