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'Best friend' Eva pays tribute to Victoria's work for charity

Victoria Beckham was celebrated for her philanthropic work at the fifth annual Global Gift Gala.

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria hosted the event with singer Ricky Martin at the Four Seasons on London's Park Lane, where they presented Beckham with the Global Gift Philanthropreneur Award.

"Tonight is very special for me because I have two of my best friends here, Ricky being one and Victoria being the other," Longoria said. "So many people know Victoria as glamorous and fashionable, and they don't know all of this amazing work she's done - the trips she's made to Africa, the dedication she's put to learning all about the cause, it's all so admirable, so needed and so worth mentioning tonight."

Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, dancer Brian Friedman and Steve Jones were among the other guests in attendance.

Alexandre Burke opened the show with her rendition of Hallelujah.

She said: "Eva asked me to sing and I'm just so honoured to be a part of tonight."

Global Gift Foundation is a non-profit organisation that encourages celebrities to use their wealth and fame to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families around the world.