Surrey

PR guru boosts Surrey hospital's heart unit fund

Max Clifford
Image caption Max Clifford's holiday donation raised £8,000

Stars from sport and showbusiness have provided a shot in the arm for a Surrey hospital's bid to raise funds for a life-saving heart unit.

A number of personalities donated mementoes that were auctioned at a ball in aid of a heart attack centre at Frimley Park Hospital.

The biggest money-spinner was an exotic holiday provided by public-relations executive Max Clifford.

That went for £8,000 - half the total raised by the Heart 2 Heart appeal.

As well as the holiday for two, at a top hotel in Mauritius, prizes included sports memorabilia signed by rugby star Jonny Wilkinson and world champion Formula One racing drivers Lewis Hamilton and Damon Hill.

Songwriter Tony Hatch and The Bill actor Graham Cole joined Mr Clifford as guests at the event, at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot.

The £16,000 raised will go towards the £1.5m required to equip the centre for heart attack victims from Surrey, north-east Hampshire and east Berkshire.

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