A fundraising ball organised by a group of friends from Rushcliffe has raised a phenomenal £22,500 for the Nottingham Breast Institute.
The Black and Green Masquerade Ball was held in memory of one friend who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer, and in celebration of another who won her battle with the disease.
The event was held at Colwick Hall and was attended by more than 400 people. The money was raised through ticket sales and a raffle and auction on the night, as well as through support from local businesses.
Samantha Black, a mother of four from Cropwell Bishop, passed away in December 2016, at just 45 years old.
Earlier that year, in June 2016, Eloise Dobson, from Tollerton, was also diagnosed with breast cancer at just 37. Thanks to treatment at the Nottingham Breast Institute, Eloise, who is also a mother of four, went on to make a full recovery.
Eloise and a group of the pair’s friends organised the ball in support of the Nottingham Breast Institute, which is based at Nottingham City Hospital, to thank them for their care of her and Samantha.
The black and green theme was based on Samantha’s surname (Black) and Eloise’s maiden name (Green).
The group had planned to raise around £15,000, but were delighted that their fundraising far surpassed their expectations.
A spokesperson for the group said: “We have managed to raise so much more than we ever thought possible and cannot thank everyone enough for their incredible support.
“In honour of Sam and with gratitude for Eloise’s recovery we wanted to give something back to the Breast Institute. It is wonderful that the money we have raised will make a difference to thousands of women in years to come.”
The money raised will go towards funding a new, state-of-the-art digital mammography machine.
Around 4,000 women’s lives are saved every year due to early detection of breast cancer through screening, and this new machine aims to make the process quicker and easier. The new machines are more comfortable than older mammography units, the radiation dose is lower and the examination time is quicker.
Around 40,000 women in Nottingham are invited to a breast screening each year, so the new machine will have an impact on thousands of women.
Siân Griffith, fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Deb, Lucy and their team to pull off this incredible event for the Nottingham Breast Institute.
“We’re humbled by their commitment to making this the best charity ball imaginable, and raising such a phenomenal amount of money for a new Digital Mammography Machine.
“These ladies know on a very personal level how vital machines like this one are for women in our region. This is such a fantastic way to continue Samantha Black’s legacy and celebrate Eloise’s life. We’re so grateful.”
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