BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chelsea Norris and Greatest Hits Radio presenter Darren Proctor will co-host social enterprise Girls Out Loud’s second Shining Stars Ball on Wednesday 2nd October at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester.

The black-tie gala will help fund Girls Out Loud’s mentoring programme, which has already helped hundreds of girls across the region. The Big Sister programme brings successful female role models together with year 8 girls. The pairs meet once a month as the mentors aim to boost the teenagers’ confidence, resilience and self-belief, embed a more empowering mind-set and encourage girls in the North West to thrive and lead.

Chelsea Norris says: “Darren and I are extremely excited to be involved with such a fantastic cause. The Shining Stars Ball is set to be a fantastic night so we’re very lucky that we get to experience it! I’ve hosted some brilliant events in the past, but this one is going to be extra special.”

From donating prizes to hosting tables, a number of companies across the North West are contributing to what is set to be an amazing occasion for all.

Girls Out Loud is proud to announce Co-op as the headline sponsor of the Shining Stars Ball 2019, alongside a number of additional corporate sponsors including Alder Training, Pladis Global, Stanmore Insurance, NBrown Group PLC, Intuitive Recruitment and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car.

As well as raising money, the Shining Stars Ball will be a chance to celebrate some of the stand-out successes and inspirational journeys of the people involved in their work, including female mentors, companies, schools and the girls themselves.

Jane Kenyon, founder of Girls Out Loud, says: “Our first Shining Stars Ball was a massive success, and I’m confident that this year’s event will top it. Yes, the night will be filled with lots of fun and incredible entertainment with a retro feel but, most importantly, it will help change lives for the better. It’s all set to be an emotional affair that will highlight what’s possible when we invest.

“The teenage girls of today are the female talent pipeline of tomorrow, so it’s crucial that we encourage and empower them. With the rise in mental health issues, the omni-presence of social media and an increase in negative body image, teenage girls are facing extremely tough challenges every single day. We’ve made it our mission to support the next generation of women, but we need help from the wider community to achieve this. We need to act fast and we need to act now.”

Penni Pennington, co-owner and director of Connect In Events, our event planning partners says:

“I spend my life planning and managing events, but the Shining Stars Ball holds a special place in my heart as it makes a real difference to the lives of teenage girls in this region and it is my opportunity to give back. If you would like to attend the ball, you can book online now and if you are quick off the mark, we have a few sponsorship opportunities available. See you there!”

When: Wednesday 2nd October 2019.  Red carpet from 6.30pm, dancing till late!

Where: The Hilton Hotel, Manchester

How to book ticketsVisit our website


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