A ‘Go for Gold’ Olympic inspired ball, attended by over 200 guests, has raised £14,000 for Papworth Hospital Charity.
The ball, held in Chichester, was organised by Mia Tod whose brother Nigel Viney is currently being treated for Pulmonary Fibrosis at Papworth Hospital. The money raised will go towards funding research into the condition, which is a scarring disease of the lungs that causes severe breathlessness and coughing.
Mia said: “It wasn’t until my brother, Nigel, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis that we knew of the disease. My husband Christopher and I decided to raise money to help support research being carried out at the hospital - with the ultimate hope of finding a prevention or cure.”
Dr Helen Parfrey, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Papworth Hospital said: “We are extremely grateful to Mia and everyone who supported her in raising this magnificent sum and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and efforts on our behalf. The money will be used to support a research project to identify genes involved with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The evening of fundraising included an auction with prizes such as spending the day with the Red Arrows. The overall total raised was £28,748 split equally between the Papworth Hospital Charity and Chichester Festival Theatre.
Mia said: “We were thrilled with the support we received, extremely grateful to everyone who made it possible and delighted to have the opportunity to present a substantial cheque to both Papworth and Chichester Festival Theatre, each a centre of excellence in their own fields.”