The already-glittering social events hosted by the Teddy Bear Foundation have received that extra bit of glamour thanks to the support of some of Britain's best-known sports and showbiz personalities. For a small children's charity based in Scotland, the Foundation has punched well above its weight in the celebrity-spotting stakes. Take a trip round our picture gallery and see who you can spot – and at the next function, be sure to bring your autograph book!
Peter Martin works for Sky Sports as their trackside reporter on the SPL live programme. The former head of Radio Clyde sport also hosts the Real Radio football phone-in Monday to Friday. He has been involved in broadcasting for over 15 years and spent six years working at Scottish Television on "Scotsport" and "ScotlandToday".
For those who think ventriloquism belongs in the light entertainment shows of the 1970’s, Paul Zerdin has simply re-written the rule book.
The young man has taken a somewhat tired format and turned it into a smash act, wowing audiences everywhere. He’s won ITV’s “The Big Talent Show” hosted by Jonathan Ross and appeared in “Tonight at The London Palladium” with Bruce Forsyth. He’s starred in sold-out summer shows and received five stars from The Scotsman for his show “Paul Zerdin – No Kids” at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
Metropolis are London’s premier party band – deservedly described as “lively, funky and unforgettable.” Evening guests can be famously reluctant to hit the dance floor but this is never a problem when this band strike up the tunes. Their set includes boogie blockbusters from the 1970’s 80’s and 90’s – everything from Stevie Wonder to Stevie Nicks. You may not have heard of them before but the chances are one of their number will be a backing singer in most people’s CD collections.
After winning New Faces in the 70’s, legendary comedian, Mick Miller became a household name with numerous appearances on TV including, The Comedians, Blankety Blank, Des O’Connor Tonight and They Think It’s all Over! Mick became a cult! Older audiences loved him and he gained a new respect from the younger generation of comedians. Recently, he appeared in a charity show at The Opera House in Manchester alongside Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr, the casts of Phoenix Nights & Coronation Street and Mick was the surprise hit of the night.
What can you say about Scotland's funnyman? Andy has been a firm supporter of the Teddy Bear Foundation since its inception in 2005. He's always there to loosen up the crowds with his gallus patter – and to open their wallets when he's staging a charity auction. No evening function is complete without his gags and stunning good looks (OK, he asked us to say that!)
The former Newcastle and England captain has become something of a regular at our Spring Invitational Pro. Am events. He's obviously a man who enjoys his golf but Alan has also recognised the serious nature of the Teddy Bear Foundation's work. He has donated prizes no-one else could come up with, including VIP visits to BBC studios to see how TV football programmes are made. And at evening dinners, he has happily got up on stage and later signed autographs for well-wishers. Thanks, Alan.
John BishopThere must be something lucky about appearing in a Teddy Bear Foundation event. Comedian John Bishop was relatively unknown north of the border when he was signed up to provide the laughs at the 2010 Invitational Pro Am at Gleneagles. Within months, the Liverpool funnyman was picking up the Best Male Breakthrough Act at the 2010 British Comedy Awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross. So there you have it. If you want to make it big in showbiz, support the Teddy Bear Foundation and just sit back and wait.
The legendary Irish stand up comic knows exactly why he is able to make millions laugh….."It's the way I tell 'em". Frank first made his name in showbiz through the ground-breaking TV show of the 1970's, "The Comedians". In 2007, he was happy to provide the after-dinner entertainment when the Teddy Bear Foundation's Pro. Am was staged at Turnberry in Ayrshire.
Jason was the star attraction at the Teddy Bear Foundation’s inaugural ball in 2009. The 39-year-old Irish comedian is a fast-talker alright, having cut his teeth over 12 years at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is now the fastest-selling act at the Fringe and his humour kept everyone amused at the Teddy Bear Ball as well.
One of Britain's best-known radio sports journalists, Jonny has an extra string to his bow as a successful auctioneer at charity events. That's why he was signed up to help raise as much cash as possible at the Teddy Bear Ball in Glasgow's Hilton Hotel in November 2010. And boy, was he successful! Through his efforts, the Teddy Bear Foundation received thousands of pounds For a variety of gifts donated by our supporters. One painting alone was sold for £10,000.
Another graduate of "The Comedians", Roy Walker topped the bill at our first-ever Pro.Am in 2006. Best-known for his role as host in the long-running TV series "Catchphrase" Roy had our guests rolling in the aisles with his string of hilarious stories.
Roger de Courcey
Roger brought his chum Nookie Bear north of the border to perform at the Teddy Bear Invitational Pro-Am dinner in 2007. Roger and his celebrity sidekick have been wowing ‘em in the aisles for almost 40 years.
He got his big breakthrough when he won the New Faces talent show final in 1976 and went on to perform before the Queen Mother in the London Palladium later that year.
The Teddy Bear Foundation landed a remarkable coup by signing the ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again, for its gala ball in November 2010. The group have been so successful over the years that they have carried out thousands of performances in 51 countries to rapturous applause. Within seconds of the first notes striking up, the ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow was filled to capacity as revellers enjoyed such classics as “Mama Mia”, “Super Trouper” and, of course, “Dancing Queen.”
The Ultimate Earth Wind & Fire
The stage at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel had to be reinforced to take the 12-piece “Ultimate Earth Wind and Fire” tribute band in 2009. But, boy, was it worth it! They turned the clock back to the sensational seventies, producing memorable dance tunes “September”, “Boogie Wonderland” and “Fantasy”. Needless to say, there was barely a square foot of spare ground on the dancefloor. Poptastic!
The Soul Kings
Full of Eastern promise (they’re from Edinburgh) The Soul Kings swept into the 2009 Teddy Bear ball in a blizzard of white jump suits and enormous black wigs. The guys got things groovin’ with a medlay of numbers from the 60’s and 70’s. If I tell you “Disco Inferno” and “Oh What a Night” I think you will get the Drifters, man.