Di­a­mond night out

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THE Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity Di­a­mond Ball saw a stag­ger­ing £150,120 raised to help trans­form can­cer care.

The glit­ter­ing event, at The Ti­tanic Ho­tel in Liver­pool, was hosted by Jay Hynd, from The Guide Liver­pool, and Cap­i­tal Liver­pool ra­dio pre­sen­ter Gemma Cut­ting.

The ball was at­tended by well­known names in­clud­ing ex-Liver­pool foot­baller John Barnes, Mersey­side Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Mersey­side en­tre­pre­neur Asif Hamid, TV pre­sen­ter Ran­vir Singh, and restau­ra­teur Nisha Ka­tona, founder of Mowgli Street Food.

Guests en­joyed a drinks re­cep­tion cour­tesy of Panoramic34 and Gus­bourne be­fore a sump­tu­ous three course meal.

There was en­ter­tain­ment from The Mersey Boys and Shirley Bassey trib­ute act Rachael Roberts.

The Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Char­ity is work­ing to raise £15m to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new spe­cial­ist hospi­tal in Liver­pool, to open in 2020.

The £150,120 raised on the night will help fund an area in the new hospi­tal that will pro­vide in­no­va­tive im­munother­apy treat­ment.

One per­son who un­der­stands the need for this is pa­tient Carl Hor­ribin who spoke to guests on the night.

Carl, 43, from Heswall, was di­ag­nosed with skin can­cer that spread to his lungs. He started im­munother­apy this year with re­mark­able suc­cess.

Carl, who was at the ball with wife Emma, said: “When I was di­ag­nosed with stage 4 can­cer in my lungs all I wanted to know was that I would see my daugh­ter start school.

“She did that last month. Now thanks to this treat­ment I will see her fin­ish school.

“I would like to say thank you so much to all the gen­er­ous peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the fan­tas­tic amount raised on the night.

“It will make a real dif­fer­ence.”

Gavin Traf­ford

Pa­tient Carl Hor­ribin is in­ter­viewed about his ex­pe­ri­ences at The Clat­ter­bridge Can­cer Cen­tre at the Char­ity Di­a­mond Ball

Gavin Traf­ford

Guests Asif Hamid, Ran­vir Singh and An­drea and John Barnes

Mowgli Street Food founder Nisha Ka­tona draws the raf­fle for a pair of di­a­mond ear­rings

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