A STAR-STUDDED celebration of arts and mental health was held at the BIC in Bournemouth.

Music in the Mind, organised by life coach Paul Scates and his father, Norman, saw guests from all over the UK treated to a red carpet experience and performances by Heather Small, Beverley Knight and DJ Ben Ofoedu, along with aerialists and acrobats.

Guests included Radio 2’s Vanessa Feltz, actor Kacey Ainsworth, who played EastEnders character Little Mo, and AFC Bournemouth manger Eddie Howe.

The event raised more than £50,000 for the charities Young Minds and Heads Together, which is backed by Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The evening incorporated Dorset’s Inspirational Children and Young People’s awards, with ‘Young Heroes’ presented with awards by their chosen celebrities.

Paul said it was a “magical experience for the children and their families” and thanked the “generosity and support” of those who attended.

“Needless to say, the resilience of the Young Heroes left many with tears of joy and spellbound by what they had achieved,” he said.

Describing the glittering event, he added: “As guests arrived for the red carpet experience they were greeted by the musical talents of Carley Varley and treated to an exciting cocktail drinks reception provided by drinks sponsor Sun Rum and their team of mixologists.

“Guests then entered a wonderfully colourful and magical arena entertained by musical performances from well-known musical theatre shows. The jubilation in the room was phenomenal.”

Following an opening speech by Paul and a four-course dinner, the night’s musical entertainment got under way.

“Many guests commented on what a truly unique event it was and that they had not experienced anything like it before and cannot wait to book tickets for next year,” Paul said.

“Unfortunately, as much as I would love to, I cannot currently confirm on any one artist but I can confirm I'm in serious talks with a number of major international artists.”