THE spies have arrived! At least that’s how it looked when 11 shining Aston Martins lined up on the driveway to Bagden Hall at Scissett as part of a charity fundraiser.

David Elliott, managing director of Shepley-based camper van conversion specialist Wellhouse Leisure organised the Diamonds are Forever Charity Ball to raised almost £12,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True.

The evening, which had a James Bond theme, attracted more than 160 guests and included entertainment by Ian Donaghy and his party band Huge as well as guest speaker businessman Jonathan Hick.

There was also a charity auction for lots including a tour of the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, boxing training sessions, a trip to the Bentley works at Crewe and a two-week stay in New Zealand.

David has also been raising thousands of pounds for the charity – which providing special treats for terminally ill and seriously ill children – by undertaking a gruelling 12 marathons in just six months.

He was bitten by the running bug when he took part in the 2007 London Marathon and raised £4,000 in aid of Wellchild. He ran again in 2008 to net £2,500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and in 2010 when a pledge to match sponsorship ended up costing him £3,000 of his own money!

Speaking about the charity ball, David said: “The whole night was one to remember.

“I can assure everyone that the £12,000 raised and the £7,000 I have already collected and pledged – when I have finished the 12 marathons – will make a massive difference to the lives of some seriously ill children. Thank you to everyone who donated lots, donated money and bought at the auction.”

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