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A HOST of famous names are supporting a party to mark the end of a year-long fundraising appeal.

Premier league champions Manchester United and the cast of Eastenders are just two of the many star turns to have donated gifts for a charity auction.

It will mark the end of an appeal to raise £10,000 for Sudbury charity Helping Hands, which in turn provides funds for Sudbury Resource Centre to support adults with learning difficulties.

Seventies rocker Steve Harley, Ipswich Town Football Club and Lord Phillips of Sudbury, along with businesses and organisations from the town, have already pledged gifts for the party at Sudbury AFC’s MEL Group Stadium on March 31.

Marion Corner, manager at Sudbury Resource Centre, said: “We are delighted so many celebrities and local businesses have supported us in this way.

“The auction has some fantastic lots and we are expecting more to come in before the party takes place.

“This event is the appeal’s final fundraiser, but is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to all those who have supported this initiative throughout the year.”

Lots at the auction will include a Manchester United shirt signed by England defender Chris Smalling, signed pictures from the cast of Eastenders and tea for three in the House of Lords.

Sudbury singer and song-writer Abbie Broom, 18, will also be performing at the party.

Tickets for the event, starting at 7pm, cost £12.50 and can be bought from Sudbury Resource Centre and Sudbury Tourist Information Centre.