madonna1POP superstar Madonna has given her support to a Northern Ireland charity by donating to a forthcoming charity auction. The singer has agreed to donate two of her own first edition books to the Money Can’t Buy Grand Auction in aid of the Northern Ireland’s Children Hospice.

The auction will take place on October 3 as part of the White Sapphire Ball at Belfast’s Europa Hotel.Organiser Seainin Brennan revealed: “I was delighted when Madonna personally agreed to donate two first edition copies of her self-penned children’s books – The English Rose and Mr Peabody’s Apples.

“They are truly fantastic books and the magic starts as soon as the reader opens the cover to find her signature on the This Book Belongs To…page. “To think that one of the biggest musical icons of the 21st Century is supporting our Children’s Hospice is a true testament to how worthy this cause is.”

Also up for grabs at the ball is a special walk-on part in top Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks thanks to Belfast actor Gerard McCarthy, who plays Kris Fisher in the programme.

Speaking of the prize said “I can’t wait to meet the lucky bidder, work them on set and show them the showbiz hot spots of Liverpool. I am delighted that Hollyoaks have been able to support a brilliant event in my hometown for this very special cause.”

Also supporting the event are the cast of Riverdance who will be taking to the stage on the night for a special 20 minute show. Moya Doherty, Producer of Riverdance added: “I am delighted that Riverdance can in some small way help raise funds for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The Children’s Hospice service gives such support and strength to the children and their families alike at the most difficult of times. It’s an honour for us to be able to play our part in helping them continue their invaluable work.”

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By Tina Calder