AN INSPIRING £8,000 was raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital when Pinewood Studios played host to Dee Anderson's Silver Screen Ball.

The ball at the Iver Heath-based world-renowned studios, famous for the likes of James Bond and Star Wars, was in aid of the hospital for sick children. It was staged as part of the Sylvia Anderson legacy, an ongoing fundraising initiative following the death in 1986 of the co-creator of the legendary Thunderbirds television shows.

She created the shows at Slough with her husband Gerry and of course provided the voice of the show's puppet heroine Lady Penelope.

Dee Anderson is Sylvia's daughter and her fund raising ball took the form of an awards night celebrating the achievements of those women spearheading creativity in the arts.

Celebrities who attended included Maureen Lipman, Anthea Turner, Christian Vit, Thomas Brodie-Sangster of Love Actually fame, Liz Kershaw, Sky News presenter Stephen Dixon, Cass Lewis and Debbie Arnold.

Ms Anderson said: “It was a wonderful tribute to my mother’s legacy. Sylvia Anderson was a pioneer for women in television. Plus it was great to support such a wonderful charity as GOSH, who help families like mine, whose children or grandchildren are affected by serious illness.”

Her own seven-year-old granddaughter Summer Louise Stokes was diagnosed with leukaemia aged four and has now been given the all clear. Miss Anderson wanted to show her gratitude for the care her granddaughter received by raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

She is very proud of her granddaughter, saying: "She is very strong, very tenacious. All though her treatment all the other children at her school knew all about it."

For the record the awards given out on the night were as follows: Creativity – sponsored by Castelli – Amanda Noar, director of the Claykickers Chorus; Best Short film – sponsored by Pharma Medico – Anna Maguire for Your Mother and I; Best Children's Author – sponsored by No 1 Rosemary Water – Tayo Irvine Hendrix for Hummingland; Best Music – sponsored by BP Collins – Victoria Sharpe; Best Screenplay – sponsored by David Grey & Co – Clare Halstead for A Very Foreign Affair.