A charity ball organised by a group of women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer has raised more than £17,000 – for research at The University of Nottingham – aimed at stopping the devastating disease in its tracks.
More than 500 people attended the Boobie Ball 2 at Colwick Hall Hotel in Nottingham in November and enjoyed a three-course dinner, dancing and live music while supporting the work of the University’s Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre (NBCRC).
The event was the second special event of its kind organised by 39-year-old mother of three Lisa Johnson from Nottingham.
Lisa lost both her mother and mother-in-law to breast cancer before going on to develop the disease herself in 2014. While going through treatment and since finishing treatment, Lisa has met many other young women facing the same challenges and was inspired to get involved with the University of Nottingham Lifecycle 6 campaign #BreastCancerAndMe.
Alongside Sarah Blythe, she organised the first Boobie Ball in 2016, raising more than £4,000, and has become a passionate supporter of the University’s breast cancer research, a dedicated fundraiser and a board member at NBCRC.
This time around, she was joined in the organisation by a group of Nottingham friends Claire Tomlinson, Sarah Nice, Carol Bowman, Claire Jennings.
Boobie Ball 2 was hugely successful, raising more than four times the total of the original event, and was held in memory of close friend Janine Brook, 40, who died from breast cancer in January 2018 and was a prolific fundraiser and ambassador for breast self-checking and breast awareness.
Stewart Martin, Professor of Cancer and Radiation Biology, and the Director of NBCRC, said: “I am tremendously grateful to the ladies, their friends and their families for organising the Boobie Ball event and raising such an impressive amount for our research.
“The event was run in memory of Janine Brook and was, with Janine’s family and friends present, very emotional, especially for those of us that knew Janine well. But it was also a lot of fun and very enjoyable.
“NBCRC is entirely reliant on donations and fundraising events and I realise the tremendous amount of hard work that went into organising the event – thank you simply isn’t enough. Our thanks also go to all the 500 individuals that attended on the night and to all those that sponsored the event – having such a turnout was fantastic and will really make a difference to the research we are conducting here in Nottingham.”