A kind-hearted solicitor has helped to raise smiles on children's faces at the Royal Bolton Hospital after organising an event with a "great atmosphere".

Jenna Atkinson, from Lostock, hosted a fun Christmas night for all to start the festive season while also raising vital funds for a new television and gaming cart for the children’s ward at the hospital as they currently only have one to share.

The event took place at the McGinlay's Suite at Toughsheet Community Stadium, hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Vicky Hawkesworth and the fashion show was run by Liberty Bluff and the Dress Club.

There were also an array of stalls to start Christmas shopping and Harriet Thornton performed live music.

The fundraiser, “A Night of Christmas Shopping, live music and a fashion show”, was a huge success, with more than £2,200 amassed for Our Bolton NHS Charity.

Jenna, 34, said: “The event went really well, it was a lovely evening where everyone was so supportive of each other, and everyone started their Christmas shopping.

“It was just such a great atmosphere raising money for such a great local cause.

“There were about 85 people in attendance including stall holders and the models, everyone was having a great time the room was full of smiles and laughter and I have had lots of great feedback.”

Jenna said the money will make a difference to those in need on the run up to the Christmas season.

The Bolton News: Jenna and friends at the fundraiserJenna and friends at the fundraiser (Image: Jenna Atkinson)She said: “It is amazing the difference that will be made through the money we all made together as it means another gaming and TV cart can be purchased for the children’s ward which will make such a difference to when they are in hospital and is the goal, I set out to achieve with this.

“There is so much power in togetherness in a community.

“My job as a family solicitor means I get to also network with great people in the community which I think is so important as well as what I do for work as I want to make a difference and corporate social responsibility is something I think many businesses should focus on.”

Jenna added: “It is so important people try to support others at this time of year as Christmas is a time more than ever, we should show love and kindness, you never know what people are going through.”

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