Guests at Travel Weekly’s Northern Ball raised almost £3,000 last night for Reuben’s Retreat.

The charity, which provides respite for families who have suffered the loss of a child or who have children with life-limiting illnesses, received £2,821 from agents and suppliers who donned their best heroes and villains costumes for the annual event in Manchester.

Reuben’s Retreat was set-up in memory of Reuben Graham who died aged 23 months after contracting a brain tumour.

The charity purchased premises in the Peak District in 2014 to create The Lodge at Reuben’s – a counselling and bereavement centre for families.

The money raised will go towards facilities at the centre, which will have a day-care activity zone with hydrotherapy pool, sensory play, movie room, arts and crafts at the centre.

A Victorian tearoom and four large self-contained family apartments are also planned.

Reuben’s mother and founder of the charity Nicola Graham spoke at the event and thanked everyone for their “support, loyalty and pledges”.