Tally Ho Bat and Ball charity dinner success
This year was the fourth anniversary charity dinner and auction in aid of the Liver and Pancreatic Research and Development (a cancer fund of Southampton Hospital Charity) which was held at the Hilton Ageas, Southampton.
It was attended by nearly 400 guests including Kelvin Davis, charity patron and former Saints skipper and goalkeeper, along with Sean Irvine from Hampshire County Cricket Club. The event was hosted by Bobby Davro, who had everyone up on their feet dancing and singing even before the band started!
The night was organised by supporters of the fund, Tina Hiscox, Carole Harwood, Julia Stuart, Sally Rewcastle and Mandy Bransgrove, who managed to auction off two VIP tickets to the Extreme Sailing World Series yachting event in Cardiff 2017, including Ben Ainsley Racing Team, and a luxury holiday in Portugal amongst many others.
The event raised £35,438.69 from auction bids and sponsorships from the likes of The Barker-Mill Foundation, Moxhams Creative, Screwfix and The Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.
Every single penny raised from the event will go towards research and development programme based at Southampton General Hospital and led by surgeon Mr. Mo Abu Hilal. Mr Hilal, a leading expert in keyhole surgery techniques, believes that patient survival rates can be improved if the disease is diagnosed and treated earlier.
He said after the event: “we are still a relatively young fund and we aim to raise awareness of this type of cancer so we can battle it in every way we can. The team are making big strides in stem cell research to help create a new working liver for people, rather than just have them waiting for a donor”.
Thanks to everyone for attending and to all our auction prize donators and sponsors – you really have made a difference! Read more about what this fund is working on and how the money could be spent here.
Thanks also to the photographer Dave Vokes who can be contacted at: email@example.com.