Tuesday 28th November 2017

South East

Local fundraisers, Michael and Pascale O’Leary, hosted a fundraising dinner in the Gallivant Hotel in Camber on Saturday 18 November, raising a record £100,000 to help young cancer patients.  

The evening was attended by 96 guests, who were treated to a three course dinner and live music. There was also a charity auction which included many high-end items.  

The star auction lot was a painting of Nelson Mandela by Cambridge-based artist, Noreen Denzil. Entitled 'Madiba', the name of Nelson Mandela's clan, the stunning picture raised £3,400. Noreen was delighted to donate her art work, of which she said "I was inspired to capture the warmth and love Mandela had for his people and country in my portrait".  

Another exclusive auction lot was a personalised New York Chopper motorcycle, donated by Core Fresh, a fruit seller based in Kent. The Chopper (pictured here, ridden by Mike!) raised a fantastic £16,000  

Mike and Pascale have supported Teenage Cancer Trust for many years with their fundraising events. Last year, Mike raised £25,000 by walking four marathons, in memory of young cancer patient, Matt Rieley. Over the years, the couple have raised over £500,000 for young cancer patients - a truly remarkable feat.   

Sian Cooper, Regional Fundraiser, attended the dinner and said “We are so incredibly grateful to Mike and Pascale for their support in recent years. They have made a huge difference to the young cancer patients we support and we really can't thank them enough. £100,000 from this wonderful event alone is an amazing achievement!"  

Pictured above is Sian holding up 'Madiba' by Noreen Denzil, with Young Ambassador, Chloe Woolfe, and her father, Ashley, who also attended the dinner.