Emmerdale’s Danny Miller announces second Gavin Blyth Memorial Ball

by Lynn Connolly

Emmerdale star Danny Miller has announced that the second annual Gavin Blyth Memorial Ball is to be held on February 18th in aid of the Once Upon A Smile charity.

The charity, which was established by Danny – who of course plays Aaron Livesy – and his friend and fellow actor Daniel Jillings, offers a variety of support to the bereaved and to people affected by a terminal illness.

Danny was of course inspired to set up the charity following the tragic death of Gavin Blyth – who had worked on both Emmerdale and Coronation Street – who was aged just 41 when he died of cancer in 2010.

It’s expected that stars from Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and EastEnders will attend the glittering event. Last year’s ball raised £65,000, and Danny is of course hoping for a similarly generous figure to be raised this year.

Speaking via his own blog, Danny said, “Gavin Blyth was an inspirational and passionate producer.

“But not only that, he was a fantastic man, father, mentor, and friend who was like a brother to me and so many others.

“Despite a year passing, there’s still a giant hole left at Emmerdale, so we want to remember Gavin in a fitting way to celebrate his life – and raising money for our new charity Once Upon A Smile.”

Jillings added, “When Danny and I agreed to set up Once Upon A Smile last year, we had a variety of different reasons for wanting to set it up…

“And for Danny, Gavin was a major factor. Once Upon A Smile provides respite breaks for families who have suffered bereavement – whether it’s the loss of a child or parent.

“The impact of bereavement is immense and we do all we can to assist the family by giving them a break away from their current situation, even if it’s just for a day, to put smiles back on faces and allow them time to be a family again.

“Tickets are still available in limited supply for the ball. Tickets are priced at £100 each, with tables of 10 and 12 available.

“For more information on Once Upon A Smile, please visit www.onceuponasmile.org.uk.

“We have planned an incredible evening which we hope everyone will thoroughly enjoy, whilst helping us raise thousands.

“The money raised from the Gavin Blyth Memorial Ball will allow us to continue this crucial work and increase the number of families we can support.”

The ball will be held at the Hilton hotel in Deansgate, Manchester.

Here’s a look at Danny and other Emmerdale stars discussing last year’s fundraiser…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.