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Autumn ball brings in 41,601.05 for Cystic Fibrosis Unit!

Debbie Packer, 27, from Whiteley, organised a fantastic charity ball in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Southampton Hospital Charity’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at  Southampton General Hospital. 

Debbie has spent the last 12 months organising her second charity ball for Cystic Fibrosis in a completely voluntary capacity as she suffers from Cystic Fibrosis herself. 

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life shortening genetic condition affecting over 10,000 people in the UK. It is very hidden as it affects internal organs – the lungs and digestive system causing constant infections, which in turn cause irreversible lung damage. Breathing can become so difficult and eventually a lung transplant is required when the lungs can no longer function.

Only half of sufferers will reach their 40th birthday and many die before this time. 

The event raised £41,601.05 for the charities and Debbie was delighted with the result.  She says: “I was so touched by the amount of support of the event and the charities. Cystic Fibrosis is often misunderstood and it doesn’t receive too much attention as it is a very hidden illness.  Although I suffer from the condition and my lungs function anywhere between 30% to 40% of what they should be, I look completely healthy and understandably, I find that people assume that I am. I spend anything between three and five hours a day carrying out the treatment regime needed and spend over eight weeks a year in hospital when infections become too much to cope with at home. I do all this treatment just to try to prolong my life expectancy.” 

 

Suzie Simmons, fundraising manager at Southampton Hospital Charity, comments: “What Debbie has achieved has been amazing. To raise over £41,000 in one event is an incredible achievement and to know that the money can benefit the unit that Debbie receives treatment in has been well received by the Cystic Fibrosis staff at the hospital. To improve the patient experience and enhance the equipment and facilities given by the NHS is why we raise money. We want to thank Debbie for her work on the ball this year, and wish her luck in planning next years!”
 
The 270 guests at The Cystic Fibrosis Autumn Ball in October were treated to a sumptuous three course meal and entertainment from Kate Drummond on the Harp, then an exhilarating performance from Electric String Trio Cordelectra of which Debbie is the cellist and then later in the evening dancing to the amazing Rob Lamberti as George Michael who was also supporting the event.   Cheeky Pix also supported the event and there was a casino. 
 
Allan Packer – Managing Director of Silver Lining Convergence, the Event’s Platinum Sponsor who is also Debbie’s husband hosted the evening with Debbie and took the very successful auction which in turn raised over £12,500. The Event was also sponsored by Gold Sponsors: Ultra Communications Ltd, Warrens Display Ltd, Healthcare at Home Ltd, Forest Laboratories Ltd, Silver Sponsors: Ryde Stamp Shop IOW and Silver Lining Laboratories Ltd and VIP Table Sponsors: Eclipse Ltd, Orega Ltd, OneCloud Ltd and Vibe Business Interiors Ltd. Special thanks goes to the sponsors listed, all who donated prizes to the event, Jamie and Danielle at The Concorde Club and all the volunteer helpers who worked so hard during the evening.
 
Sian Lloyd, BBC Weather presenter and celebrity supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust filmed a short piece for the ball.
 
Photographs can be found on www.cf-ball.org.uk courtesy of Ellie at Studio 22B Photography. 



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