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Diamond Ball gives The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity £150K boost

5 years ago

By The Guide Liverpool

Diamond Ball gives The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity £150K boost

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity Diamond Ball saw a staggering £150,120 raised to help transform cancer care.

The glittering event, at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, was hosted by our very own Jay Hynd, from here at The Guide Liverpool, and Capital Liverpool radio presenter Gemma Cutting and attended by well-known names including ex-Liverpool footballer John Barnes, Merseyside Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, Merseyside entrepreneur Asif Hamid, television presenter Ranvir Singh, and restaurateur Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli Street Food.

In the year The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre celebrated its 60th birthday the night had a diamond theme and one lucky guest won a pair of exquisite diamond earrings in a special raffle that started the night off in style.

Photographer Mike McCartney was among the guests and saw a unique hand printed photograph he took of The Beatles in the 1960s auctioned on the night.

Gemma with LFC CEO, Peter Moore

Meanwhile one lucky guest and three friends will be visiting the set of the latest Bond film at Pinewood Studios where they will meet star of the movie Daniel Craig, who is a Patron of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, after successfully bidding for the special visit in the auction.

Liverpool Football Club’s Chief Executive Peter Moore took the bids for a money can’t buy opportunity to be his guest for a match at Anfield, including a chauffeur to and from the match, a tour of the famous ground, and the chance to go pitch side and meet manager Jurgen Klopp.

Other fantastic auction prizes on offer included a rose gold and diamond necklace set worth more than £2500, donated by Boodles, a bespoke Liver Bird sculpture by the world famous artist Emma Rodgers, and a holiday in an exclusive French chateaux.

Jay with Mowgli Founder, Nisha Katona

Leading Liverpool restaurant Panoramic34 gave a successful bidder the unique chance to have their chefs come into their home and cook a meal for ten people, with wine.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception courtesy of Panoramic34 and Gusbourne before a sumptuous three course meal. There was entertainment from The Mersey Boys and leading Shirley Bassey tribute act Rachael Roberts, who of course started her set with the classic Diamonds are Forever to fit the theme of the night.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is working to raise £15 million towards the construction of a new specialist hospital in Liverpool, due to open in 2020, and improvements to the Wirral site.

The £150,120 raised on the night will help fund an area in the new hospital that will provide innovative immunotherapy treatment to cancer patients.

Guests Asif Hamid, Ranvir Singh, Andrea and John Barnes

One person who understands the need for this is patient Carl Horribin who spoke to guests on the night, and was the feature of a film shown after dinner.

Carl, 43, from Heswall, Wirral, was diagnosed with skin cancer that spread to his lungs. He started immunotherapy earlier this year with remarkable success.

Carl, who was at the ball with wife Emma, said: “When I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in my lungs all I wanted to know was that I would see my daughter start school. She did that last month. Now thanks to this treatment I will see her finish school.

“I would like to say thank you so much to all the generous people who contributed to the fantastic amount raised on the night. It will make a real difference.”

Katrina Bury, Head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “The Diamond Ball was a fantastic success and I would like to thank all our guests and sponsors for ensuring we had another fabulous night of fundraising and fun.

“Our hosts Jay and Gemma were brilliant and the generous guests who bought raffle tickets, bid for auction prizes or bought a ticket for the tombola should be very proud of themselves for helping us achieve this wonderful total and assisting the The Clatterbridge Centre carry out its important work.

Jay & Gemma

“The money raised on the night will go a long way to transforming cancer care for 2.3m people in Merseyside and Cheshire with the construction of a new specialist hospital in Liverpool and improvements to the Wirral site.

“I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters PCM, A&B Engineering, The Johnson Foundation, Panoramic 34, Boodles and Gusbourne.

“A special mention must also go to our Appeal Board. Their generosity is overwhelming and the time and effort they put into the Diamond Ball invaluable.”


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