A company’s pledge to help win the battle against breast cancer has seen it raise almost £200,000 in just two years.
The latest tranche of money – more than £35,000 - came in when Mattioli Woods staged its annual charity dinner in aid of Breast Cancer Now (BCN).
The wealth management and employee benefits specialist has been a national partner of BCN since 2015.
Against a stunning backdrop, more than 200 guests attended the firm’s latest fund-raiser at Leicester Cathedral.
They heard from chief executive officer Ian Mattioli MBE how BCN’s mission was to eradicate all breast cancer deaths by 2050.
He said: “I think they will achieve that – but only if we can continue to help them generate the cash needed to pay for vital research. That is why events like tonight’s are so important”.
Mr Mattioli revealed that all cash generated from table bookings at the dinner – around £18,400 – had been donated directly to BCN, with Mattioli Woods covering the cost.
Further sums were raised through a live auction - led by compere and former Leicester Tigers lock Matt Poole – a silent auction, and raffle.
Natasha Goodman –who has twice fought breast cancer and now acts as an ambassador for BCN – told how 11,500 victims currently die from the disease each year.
Natasha, 38, was first diagnosed and overcame breast cancer seven years ago. In April, she was again told she had primary breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
She said: “I just want to do as much as I can to raise awareness of Breast Cancer Now and the wonderful work they do to ensure that, by 2050, survivors like me are the norm and that no-one dies from the disease”.
The charity dinner, which followed a champagne reception at neighbouring St Martins House, also featured internationally-renowned classical quartet Blayz.
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