Having a ball for cancer goal.
CHARITY fundraisers have smashed their target of raising PS50,000 to fund a cancer specialist - thanks to the efforts of an extraordinary Warwickshire woman with incurable cancer.
The final funds were raised at a charity ball at the Stratford Manor Hotel which saw partygoers donate PS14,600 - taking the final total to a whopping PS59,000.
The event was the latest in the series of monthly activities, including walks, skydives, marathons and quizzes, which were organised by Tash Fermor, who has secondary breast cancer, and a group of her friends.
The charity ball was the team's most recent event and saw 200 guests pay PS45 a head for a threecourse meal and live music, with spot prizes and auctions on the night raising a further PS9,500.
Tash wanted to help other sufferers and so with the aim of raising enough money to help fund a Cancer Research UK laboratory at St Bart's Medical Institute in London for a year - with the specific aim of helping to tackle secondary breast cancer - she set up her charity, Tash's Bashes.
As well as enabling the charity to fund the specialist researcher, the additional money raised will be spent on vital laboratory equipment.
Tash said: "Our Summer Ball was a roaring success, exceeding all expectations. Dressed in their finest, everyone had a great time and were incredibly generous donating and bidding on prizes.
"I am so grateful for all of the support we've received and I'm thrilled that together we smashed our PS50k target.
"A year ago that seemed impossible, it just goes to show what a great team and incredible supporters can do together. Big thank you everyone - one day this research will be saving lives."
For more information on Tash's Bashes visit www.tashsbashes.co.uk.
| Tash Fermor (fourth from left) is joined |by the Tash's Bashes committee and Cancer Research UK representitive at the charity ball at Stratford Manor Hotel