A glamorous black tie ball has raised thousands of pounds for the planned Dyson Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH. Over 250 guests dressed up for the Rode Ball which was held near Frome.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction and raffle which raised £13,200 and by the end of the night an incredible £18,600 was raised.

Half of the proceeds will go towards the RUH Cancer Care campaign and the remaining amount will be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund.

Lauren Noble, Senior Community Fundraiser, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank organisers Kelly Jupp and Joanna Pobjoy and the rest of the Rode Ball Committee for organising the event and choosing to raise money for this important cause.

“We are grateful for their support in fundraising for the Dyson Cancer Centre and we would like to thank everyone who attended and donated including the local businesses and other organisations who helped make the event possible.”

Special guests included RUH Medical Director, Dr Bernie Marden who on the night made a speech about the value of charitable funding.

Since 2012 when the first Rode Ball was held over £30,000 has been raised for The Forever Friends Appeal. The Rode Ball committee will be welcomed as a Senior Community Partner later this year at the charity’s annual partners event.

The RUH Cancer Care Campaign has so far raised £9.6m and continues, with supporters raising more funds to help ensure the RUH achieves the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for patients and their families who are living with and beyond cancer.

For more information about Dyson Cancer Centre and to make a donation to the RUH Cancer Care Campaign, click here.