“We are still on a high from the night, it was really amazing and we loved it. The celebrities were so down to earth and approachable. We all had lots of fun and raised lots of money doing it.”
Beautifully lit, Havana decorated, plam trees, live music, bright colours and complimentary Trilby’s, the Christies Charity Ball 2019 did not fail to make you feel welcome and cosy.
Excitement and buzz all around the room, more so on our table as we looked at the two empty seats that were soon to be filled.
It wasn’t long, the lights went low and then bringing us their leg blurring Argentinian Tango, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace took to the centre floor. “It’s one thing to see them on tv, but some of the heart stopping moves… live… just a meter from you, is something quite special.” Sajid said, sitting literally meters from the dancers.
The performance finished and the guests came and joined our table after a quick change. We were honoured to host them at the table, such lovely down to earth people who never once refused anyone a photo.
Cold Feet actor John Thomson who hosted the event was an absolute charm and we had a DJ set from Gok Wan, appearances from Liam Fox from Emmerdale and his partner Joanna Hudson, Coronation Street’s Dolly-Rose Campbell and former Corrie star Victoria Ekanoye and Hollyoaks actor Jorgie Porter to mention a few.
The event raised £150,000 which will go towards the redevelopment of the CT scanning department at The Christie, including the purchase of a state-of-the-art 4D scanning machine. Additional funds raised from an auction of memorabilia from the hit TV show Peaky Blinders will be added to the total in three weeks’ time when the online auction closes.
As well as a night of glamour, fine dining and top class entertainment in the stunning ballroom at The Principal, guests had the opportunity to take part in an auction to win amazing money-can’t-buy experiences and exclusive prizes donated by supporters of the charity.
Whitestone Solicitors donated one of their entries at the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival 2019. This gives Christies to raise a further amount with the race entry worth £1000. To learn how to buy the entry from Christies, please follow the link and get in touch with Christies here
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has more than 50,000 supporters who helped raise £15.4m last year.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It not only commended the Trust for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects. The CQC also rated The Christie the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.