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007 Charity Ball

'A Bromley Ball'

From sparkling chandeliers to heartfelt speeches, the Bromley Foundation was overwhelmed by support at their second annual black tie event held in the prestigious grounds of the Radisson Edwardian, Manchester.

The glamorous 007 themed ball, which attracted over 200 guests, was the Bromley Foundation's biggest event to date aiming to raise enough money for one £60k life and limb saving operation at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.

Radisson Blue Edwardian Deluxe Lounge

The Radisson Blue Edwardian Deluxe Lounge

Aston Martin by S Cars

The Aston Martin Supplied by S Cars

Judith Ude singing

Singer-Songwriter Judith Ude

Characterised by luxury, the evening commenced in the Radisson Blu Edwardian’s deluxe lounge, where guests were greeted by charity founder, Michael Bromley and his partner Joanne Redman. Champagne was served and soft music played in the background as guests showed off their stunning variety of ball gowns and tuxedos. Situated outside of the double glass doors awaited a red carpet and Aston Martin supplied by S-Cars, ready for photo opportunities.

Guests were escorted up the staircase to the beautifully decorated 007 themed room in which they were seated ready to endure the evening’s entertainment and sit down meal. Each lady was presented with a red rose whilst goody bags full of donated gifts worth over £120 were placed at every seat.


Vocal Group B-Cubed

Emma Wells singing

Soul Star Emma Wells

Surely Bassey singing

Tribute act Surely Bassey

Following a welcome speech from Michael and Joanne, Nottingham born singer-songwriter Judith Ude was first to take the stage, performing a string of passionate and captivating Tracy Chapman style songs. Adele-like singer, Emma Wells was next to take the spotlight with her rich and soulful vocals, followed by young and upcoming band B-Cubed, who after a great response, were later asked to do a final encore for the evening. Whilst the exotic three-course cuisine and wine was served, guests were entertained by alluring and dramatic cabaret performer, Surely Bassey who performed a sequence of well known James Bond anthems.

BIDTECH Event Technology sponsored the charity auction and provided tables with iPads to allowing bidding throughout the evening.

Co-Founder, Joanne Redman said:

"We are delighted at the support we received both from attendees and corporate sponsers alike.

Co-Founders Joanne and Michael

Bromley Foundation Co-Founders Joanne Redman & Michael Bromley

Speaker Lee Jeys

Speaker Lee Jeys

Charlotte Crowson

Charlotte Crowson with Mum and dad

"Irrespective of the overall amount we will raise, the awareness that this event has created is priceless as the more people who are aware of the symptoms of osteosarcoma, the earlier it will be caught and the less likely children will die from this horrid disease." She added, "We are still totalling up the donations and people are still pledging through the website but we will hopefully be able to offer everyone a total figure by the end of May."

The guest speaker for the evening was Mr Lee Jeys, an exceptional Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, who gave an insightful view into the work he does with children suffering from Osteosarcoma. Whilst Lee has published over 50 scientific papers in the world's most important Orthopaedic Journals, won 8 academic prizes for his research, his passion and belief that we can all help raise awareness of this rare and fatal bone cancer, shone through. After delivering his touching speech, Lee crouched to his knees to introduce 9 year old osteosarcoma sufferer, Charlotte Crowson.

Charlotte, who was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 6, bravely took centre stage and told of her journey through being diagnosed with an aggressive and extremely rare form of bone cancer to now living with her prosthetic leg.

Describing feeling 'anxious' throughout the treatment, Charlotte's inspirational and emotional words tugged at many heart strings around the room.

Whilst the event was successful in a number of ways, the founders were disappointed that the event did not raise the amount required to fund a life and limb saving operation for a patient at the Birmingham Hospital. However, the charity is still accepting donations and would respectfully request your support – however little that may be. Donations can be made via cheque to Bromley Foundation, Leigh Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3DS.

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