MENTAL health campaigner Steph Shilton has launched Mid and North East Essex Mind’s inaugural gala dinner which will feature a speech from her ex-football star husband.

Both Steph and Peter will be at the dinner being held this World Mental Health Day on October 10 with the jazz and blues singer giving a performance of her own.

Guests will be joined by some top football legends and celebrities at the three-course gala dinner, which promises to be a night of music and entertainment with a powerful message for mental wellbeing.

Mrs Shilton said: “I’m in my second year of service as a trustee and am so excited about the gala dinner, and overwhelmed by the huge response we’ve received.

"Mental Health is a subject close to so many people’s heart and there is such a need for support.

"I’m truly grateful to all the amazing singers, sporting legends, celebrities and MP Will Quince who are all kindly supporting the event.”

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Power couple Steph and Peter Shilton

The Rat Pack and the Welsh Tenor will take to the stage inside the Layer Suite at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

Former World Welterweight Champion boxer, John H Stracey, and actors John Lyons, known for being Sergeant George Toolan in A Touch of Frost, and Jess Conrad, who formed a music career, will also be in attendance.

Individual tickets are £55 and corporate packages are also available.

James McQuiggan, chief executive of Mid and North East Essex Mind, said: "The event will mark World Mental Health Day, where mental health organisations from across the globe will come together to raise awareness and increase support for mental health.

"The money we raise at this event will allow us to grow our mental healthcare services locally."

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