BRITAIN’S Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett entertained families at a charity fun day.

The ventriloquist was the star act at the event held at Popley Fields Community Centre, in Carpenters Down, Popley, Basingstoke, in aid of two local charities.

Steve, who grew up in Basingstoke, took a break from his theatre tour to bring his popular dummies Arthur Lager and Little Simon to entertain the audience in his home town.

The event was held in support of Basingstoke Young Carers and Helping Hands for the Blind. A disco, competitions and raffle was also held.

One lucky guest won a competition to be treated as a VIP for the day and was picked up in a luxury limousine before meeting Steve and his puppets.

David Chatten-Smith, chairman of Helping Hands for the Blind, who lost his sight eight years ago, because of meningitis, said: “We were very lucky to have Steve do this event for us with his busy schedule.”

The 43-year-old father-of-one, from Popley, said around 170 people attended the event which raised £800 for the charities, both based in The Orchard, in White Hart Lane.

He added: “The Young Carers offers workshops and clubs for children who are young carers for family members, either an adult or a child.

“The money will go to facilitate their services throughout the year.

“The money for Helping Hands for the Blind will go not just to help blind and visually-impaired adults but children as well.”