Dear Members, Supporters and Guests
I am delighted to share recent news and photographs of our first fundraising Gala Dinner at the spectacular House of Commons venue on Friday 10th May 2019, kindly hosted by our patron the R Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP. This event celebrated the launch of “SUCCESS Charity – Life after Cure” as an independent entity as we await our own charity registration separate from UCLH, and was an unquestionable and overwhelming achievement by our volunteer group headed by Louisa Wright, our nurse.
We owe much to our patron, Dominic Grieve, who made the event possible and engendered a wonderfully convivial atmosphere conducting 4 groups of guests round usually inaccessible areas of the House of Commons, sharing with us its history and his own long experience of working in the building in his after-dinner address.
The positivity and warmth of the 170 diners was overtly palpable in their unanimous standing ovation for our young ambassador Doron Barsam – who spoke of a survivor’s life changing and lifelong struggles.
Support was evidenced by the generous response to our request for sponsorship and the 31 exciting and generously donated auction gifts, as well as the clear £30,000 raised; this was well beyond our expectation, is hugely encouraging and for which we are enormously grateful. It is also a tribute to the courage of the young survivors themselves and their families, whose young adult voice is at last being heard.
Do come to our Christmas fundraising venture on 19th December and join us to fill the oldest medieval church in the City, St Bartholomew”s the Great, and #SINGFORSUCCESS with the acclaimed Norwich cathedral choir. Their gifted choirmaster, Ashley Grote, will conduct for us our own special (non denominational) candlelit carol concert. Tickets are already available here.
May I close by thanking you all for your continued support and extend a warm invitation to any who may have skills and time to join us to organise further events including for family and survivors’ networking. Our annual educational conference is on 16th November which will I hope attract many young people to speak out especially as this event will be opened by Derek Thomas MP, chair of the all party parliamentary group on Brain Tumours.
Best wishes for a forthcoming happy summer.
Dr Helen Spoudeas
Founder, SUCCESS charity