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£100k raised at inaugural Royal Crescent Hope Ball

The Forever Friends Appeal is set to benefit from a six-figure sum raised at a glamorous ball at the Royal Crescent.

John Cullum praised the “unprecedented” amount of money raised for the hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign at the inaugural Hope Ball last weekend.


An auction featuring artistic works from Bath painters Peter Brown and Nick Cudworth, world-famous photographer Sir Don McCullin and a portrait by Paul Roberts should help push the total beyond the £100,000 mark.

The gala was hosted by the Royal Crescent Society on the crescent’s 250th anniversary.

It saw cancer patient Justine Elliott join oncologist Mark Beresford in a short film to highlight the vision for the new RUH Dyson Cancer Care Centre.


The 250 guests on Saturday (June 17) sipped award-winning Ridgeview ‘Cavendish’ vintage sparkling wine on the crescent’s private lawns before enjoying a three-course menu devised by the team at Eat Five Star.

With waiters zipping around the tables, few were prepared when some of the employees revealed themselves as West End singers, dazzling the room with a medley of opera arias and musical classics.

Bringing the house down with a rendition of ‘That’s Amore’ and then leading a conga line of guests around the room, everyone was soon on the dancefloor enjoying Ed Leaker and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra with special guest performances by Claire Martin and Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis, both giants of jazz.


“Helping the RUH Forever Friends Appeal raise the last million pounds of their £9.25 million fundraising goal has brought the Bath community together,” said Hope Ball committee chairwoman Tabitha Claydon.

“The silent auction was open to the public, and we’ve had donations from friends far and wide.

“We would love to see everyone who can find a way to contribute to help the RUH provide a holistic environment for their state-of-the-art cancer treatments, and support patients on their journey through cancer.”


The Forever Friends Appeal chairman Mr Cullum said: “‘With generous sponsorship from local businesses, including E.P. Mallory, Emery Brothers and Aaron Evans Architects, and the support of Bath’s artistic community, the Hope Ball and art auction looks set to raise over £100,000.

“The event was unprecedented and set a record high for amount raised at a single event of its kind.”

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