On Saturday 15 June a very special fundraising event will be coming to Phyllis Court in Henley. A Black & White themed Gala Dinner – inspired by local mother, Emily Burkitt, who is battling breast cancer for the second time. She aims to raise at least £10,000 for charities Coppafeel! and Breast Cancer Now.
Emily, who has two children aged 4 and 5, is in midst of a battle with Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast cancer. Whilst the cancer is incurable in the long term, treatment is currently keeping the disease at bay and she is facing the fight with huge positivity. When faced with a terrifying prognosis, she immediately joined forces with another local mother, Tanya Roda with whom she went through chemotherapy when they both faced cancer in 2015 – together they decide to put on a Gala Dinner to create a legacy and raise money for two vital charities. They are joined in their committee by local fundraiser and events manager Harriet Barcella and ex cardiac nurse and local mother, Maria Lawrence.
The event aims to be a joyful, fun and quirky celebration of the wonderful work that these two special charities do and has already attracted huge local support. There will be live entertainment from a range of local artists including soul singer O’Rael, piano man John Jolliffe and many more. The evening will be hosted by comedienne Amanda (Maddi) Sharkey alongside BBC journalist Sophie Van Brugen. Guests will be greeted with a Pimm’s Reception and live entertainment before sitting down to a delicious 3 course meal accompanied by wine. There will be a cash bar throughout, an auction, raffle and lots of fun and games before singing and dancing to end the night.
Tickets are on sale now priced £100 and can be booked online at buytickets.at/bcncoball. Local businesses who are interested in being a part of this event can get in contact with Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about sponsorship opportunities or the opportunity to donate to the raffle, auction or goody bags. You can also follow @bwgaladinner on instagram for more details.
Committee member Harriet says, “Emily has been dealt a truly awful hand – one that I can’t really imagine but she is facing it with such courage, determination and positivity, it is really inspiring. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of this event not only because the story is so moving and the charities so worthy but also because I know it is going to be a seriously fun and fantastic event. Definitely one not to miss.”
The chosen charities are Coppafeel! and Breast Cancer Now. Coppafeel! has changed the landscape for early detection of breast cancer in young people. The charity was chosen by committee member Tanya who has been a supporter of the charity for many years having done a fundraising trek to Oman with blogger, author and presenter Giovanna Fletcher in 2017. Breast Cancer Now, the second charity was chosen for it’s focus on medical research which is transforming outcomes for people with breast cancer. Their aim is that by 2050 no person will die from breast cancer.