Manchester charity Prevent Breast Cancer raised an impressive £79,000 at its annual ball. The charity transformed The Point at Emirates at Old Trafford into an extravagant vintage circus, complete with acrobats, jugglers and a bearded lady, with guests being treated to show-stopping performances as they dined.
Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe in the soap, was in attendance, while actor Sacha Dhawan was also among the guests.
Featuring music from model-turned-DJ Helen Holt and local singer Lucy Hope, the event marked the culmination of the charity’s first year as Prevent Breast Cancer, having rebranded from Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.
Local punk band Red Corner, which comprises four barristers from Exchange Chambers and their former clerk, also donated their time and had guests dancing until the early hours with their renditions of classics from Blondie and The Clash. Molecular mixologists and bar specialist Mr Flavour were also on hand to serve themed cocktails, donating all profits to the cause.
Based at the Nightingale Centre on the University of South Manchester complex in Wythenshawe, Prevent Breast Cancer’s research is focused on four key pillars: gene research, early detection and screening, preventative drug therapy and diet and lifestyle.
Lester Barr, chairman of Prevent Breast Cancer, said: “Finding our new identity and moving on to our new phase over the last 12 months has opened up a whole new world for us, as we meet potential supporters and spread our message wider than ever before. Our ultimate goal remains the same, which is to achieve a breast cancer-free future and we’d like to thank each and every person who came along on Saturday – your support is vital to our mission.”
Sally Dynevor, who has supported the charity for over 10 years, said: “Every year, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of love and support there is out there for this very special charity. We’re into our next chapter now and it’s exciting to watch it develop and grow even more. Prevent Breast Cancer has already carried out so much ground-breaking research, but there’s still more to be done, and that’s why events like the ball are essential for funding future studies that will help towards predicting and preventing breast cancer.”
Angela Hodson, head of conferences and events Emirates Old Trafford, said: “We’re delighted that Prevent Breast Cancer selected The Point to hold such an important event, and I am incredibly proud that Emirates Old Trafford has assisted them in protecting future generations. The Point is a great space for delivering quality dinners/events and our experienced events team work tirelessly to support the organisers throughout their journey in every way possible.”
For more information about the charity, visit www.preventbreastcancer.org.uk