The UCARE Gala Dinner
Blenheim Palace, 17th April 2008
The UCARE Gala Dinner celebrated the official launch of our new charity with a commitment to work together to improve the treatment and care of people with cancer.
“Raising money can be fun and this was certainly the case at UCARE's Gala Dinner. Our guests were in generous mood, so much so that we can now begin to recruit our very first cancer research scientist - one of the principal aims of UCARE. A big thank you to all involved……what a night!” Ian Kirkham, Chair to the UCARE Trustees
David Cranston (Trustee) shared the vision behind UCARE. With over 55,000 new cases of urological cancers being diagnosed each year, there is an urgent need to develop new ways of fighting cancers in the prostate, kidney, bladder and testis. Andy Ripley, former England and British Lions rugby player, described his own personal battle with prostate cancer and stressed that there was still a long way to go in raising people's awareness about urological cancers.
Guest speaker, Martin Bayfield, entertained the diners with tales from his time as a rugby international player. This was followed by a charity auction, conducted by Clive Stewart-Lockhart, in aid of urological cancer research. Over £18,000 was raised on the night through the generosity of the guests. This was complemented by a very significant donation of £32,000 from Everest which was presented by Ian Kirkham.
UCARE would like to thank the following
- Our speakers: Martin Bayfield and Andy Ripley
- Our MC: Michael Heal
- Our auctioneer: Clive Stewart-Lockhart
- Our photographer: Nick White
- All auction and raffle donors
- Our trustees, supporters and volunteers whose combined efforts made the evening possible.
- Daisies Flower Shop for the beautiful flower display