Over 400 kind hearted guests of Birmingham Children’s Hospital raised £103K at the charity’s glittering Winter Ball.
The money will go towards the Children’ Cancer Centre Appeal – to raise £4million to transform the dated inpatient and outpatient environment into world-class facilities.
Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the annual event at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall was attended by local businesses, friends of the hospital and a number of families who shared their stories with the audience. Mum Loretta Haughey whose four-year-old son Ryan and husband Sean were both diagnosed with cancer within two weeks of each other also told her own moving story.
The impact that Loretta had resulted in £38,000 being raised through the auction. Prizes included tours of the McLaren Technology Centre and ITV’s This Morning studio plus a day at the races with cricket legend Freddie Flintoff. Hotel La Tour Birmingham was delighted to help too by donating dinner for eight at the Chef’s Table at Aalto Restaurant plus a luxury overnight stay.
There were live performances from the stars of the West End who have appeared in Thriller, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Les Miserables and Grease as well as music from local band The Wedding Crashers.
Alistair McGowan who kept the audience entertained throughout the evening said how honoured he was to have been asked to host the ‘exceptional night’ and praised the work of the hospital.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital, our Charity of the Year, sees 3,000 cancer patients and their families from across the UK every year. The current facility is over 30 years old and has completely outgrown its current environment. The appeal aims to transform the facilities and accommodation for the parents and children who spend months living with their children at the hospital.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital who opened the event, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have raised such an incredible amount of money for our Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal. We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who attended, and contributed to the night, and we are already looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year.”
The hospital is currently well over half way in their £4million appeal. To donate or to find out more please visit www.bch.org.uk