AS POSH and Becks’ favourite singer he serenaded the celebrity couple at their wedding.

Now his remarkable voice will be heard in Southampton honouring the memory of a four-year-old girl who died in 2003.

Ola Onabule is the star performer at Hannah’s Charity Ball, a glittering champagne evening organised by Shirley and Richard Hayes-O’Connor to raise funds for two children’s hospices as well as keeping alive the memory of the daughter they lost.

A star-studded list of film stars and personalities including former 007 Sir Roger Moore, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes actor Philip Glenister together with I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! participant Christine Hamilton, have all lent their names and given support to the ball, which takes place on Saturday, October 11 at the city’s De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel.

Other famous names who have contributed personal items as prizes include Michael Caine, Dame Judy Dench, Kate Winslet and top chef Gordon Ramsay.

Although Hannah’s life was cut short by a road accident the memory of the her lively personality together with her love for her family and fun has been the inspiration for her parents and older sister, Jemma, to find the determination needed to organise the annual ball, now in its fourth year.

Soul-singer Ola, who has worked alongside George Michael, KD Lang, Simply Red and Michael Ball, has taken Hannah’s Charity Ball to his heart as he has appeared at the event every year.

Among his many fans is the world’s best-known footballer, David Beckham, who has followed him for years so the singer was the obvious first choice to perform at the wedding of the year in 1999.

According to Ola, who has become a friend of Shirley and Richard, at first he didn’t realise he would be singing for Posh and Becks as it was just a booking for a wedding in Ireland.

Ola said: “Nearer the date I suddenly realised I was going to sing at THAT wedding! It was quite freakish at first, with all these famous people, but they were a great audience.’’ All money raised by the event will be split between Naomi House children’s hospice at Sutton Scotney nearWinchester and a similar centre in Surrey.

Shirley and Richard have raised about £75,000 from the previous balls.

“As soon as one ball is over we start thinking about the next one,’’ said Richard, who works at the Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick. “We believe the balls are the perfect way to remember Hannah as she enjoyed parties, music and the happiness of life.’’ Among the prizes at this year’s ball are air tickets to Singapore, Japan and Israel, a trip on the Orient Express, afternoon tea with Neil and Christine Hamilton, the use of a 56ft Sunseeker motor cruiser for the day, and the opportunity of having the chief chef from the De Vere hotel visit your home and cook for a dinner party.

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