A few weeks ago, I was privileged to be able to attend the James Bond 007 Ball organised in aid of Pseudomyxoma Survivor. I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to the organisation committee for inviting me and for arranging the ball. The room looked fantastic — the theme even extended to bullet holes in the toilet doors! — and the list of raffle prizes was impressive. The guests really got into the spirit of the evening, channelling their inner secret agents and sirens. I always get very emotional at events such as this as I am continually amazed by people’s support and generosity. In this case, the Ball and supporting events have raised £9,183.84!
We are only a very small charity – we don’t have any corporate sponsors or financial patrons. We don’t receive any grants so we are wholly dependent on fundraisers like Andrew, Rachel, Julie, Sue, Elaine and Roz. So a huge thank you to them and thank you to everyone who came to the Ball, bought tickets, donated raffle prizes and supported the event, making the evening such a success.
Five years ago, I was told I had just months to live – I was misdiagnosed with ovarian cancer. There are no words to describe how devastating that feels nor the effect on my family. I’m still here, and there were four other pseudomyxoma survivors there on the night too.
Nights such as the Ball are about raising as much as we can to support families like mine and to raise awareness to improve diagnosis and access to treatment. Thank you all for such an astounding night!