Posted on: June 24, 2016
TEENAGER Dylan Kelsall mixed with celebrities after being chosen as a guest of honour at a glitzy star-studded event.
The 13-year-old posed for photos on the red carpet and even stole a kiss from American actress Lindsay Lohan at Caudwell Children’s annual Butterfly Ball.
Other famous names at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel included actresses Joan Collins and Elizabeth Hurley, boxer David Haye and Sarah, Duchess of York.
The Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy pupil, from Longton, has been supported by the charity as he suffers from ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease.
Stoke City fan Dylan, who even plays football in his wheelchair, said: “I had a brilliant night.
“I met so many fantastic celebrities and even got kissed on the cheek by the lovely Lindsay Lohan.
“My dad was so jealous. I was up on the big screen in front of all those people.
“I got to meet Rachel Stevens, and John Caudwell. Without John I wouldn’t be able to play power football, as the charity funded my sports chair. I was very excited to come down to London because normally I go for spinal surgery, which is painful. This time, I had loads of fun, meeting great people.”
The ball – attended by more than 800 guests – raised £1.7 million for the Stoke-based charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families.
Dad Warren Kelsall, aged 43, said: “The night was wonderful. It was a real honour and a privilege to be there. We enjoyed some good food, great entertainment and got to meet some really glamorous stars, like actors and actresses from The Only Way Is Essex and Emmerdale.
“It was nice to get all , it was a black tie event.”
The evening was hosted by singer, model, presenter and Caudwell Children ambassador Rachel Stevens and Blue singer Simon Webbe.
There was even an exclusive performance from six-time Grammy and two-time Academy Award winning songwriter Burt Bacharach.
And all-girl group All Saints and singer Gabrielle also took to the stage.
Chief executive Trudi Beswick said Dylan appeared to enjoy the limelight.
She said: “He happily posed on the red carpet with a number of celebrity guests and had a fantastic time, he was in his element.”
Cauldwell Children has raised more than £37 million since 2000, which has helped 20,000 families in the UK.
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