A CHARITY dinner raised more than £40,000 to help in the fight against breast cancer.
The event was staged by Mattioli Woods plc, a national partner of Breast Cancer Now (BCN).
Final calculations show that it brought in more than £40,400 – taking Mattioli Woods’ contribution to BCN to almost £200,000 in two years.
The dinner – attended by more than 200 guests – was held at Leicester Cathedral. It followed a champagne reception at adjoining St Martins House.
Ian Mattioli MBE, the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, said he was delighted with the figure.
“From the outset, we have always been aware of our corporate social responsibility and have supported many local charities and organisations, including Rainbows, LOROS and the county air ambulance.
“In 2015 we became a national partner with Breast Cancer Now, a charity’s whose stated aim is to eradicate death from breast cancer by 2050.
“We are proud to play our part in that mission by raising money to fund the vital research needed to make sure BCN achieves its goal”.
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, pledges and a 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”.