The charity ball night was hosted in order to raise money for brainstrust and secure Matthew a place in the London Marathon.
Matthew had always wanted to run the marathon, especially for a charity that means so much for him. In 2010, Matthew’s dad sadly passed away after being diagnosed with a grade 4 blastoma brain tumour, which turned Matthew’s world upside down.
After seeking and finding support from brainstrust, Matthew knew he wanted to give something back.
“Without brainstrust I don’t think I would have coped or gained the necessary direction to pursue alternative avenues to increase the chances of survival/life expectancy. They gave me support, knowledge, and treat me with compassion and respect. Nothing was too much trouble. This charity will always be in my debt for the rest of my life and is close to heart”
Matthew, alongside a friend, decided to make 2015 the year he ran the London Marathon, but with no places available in the Ballot box, he contacted brainstrust, asking if we had a place. One place was indeed available, but would go to the highest bidder who could raise the most money.
So, with Matthew’s previous fund raising grand total amount for brainstrust already at an incredible £1200 in 2010, he challenged himself to go beyond this and raise an audacious target amount of £1500, and wanted to do so in one hit.
He came up with the idea to hold a black tie charity ball night, inviting guests to dig deep into their pockets to bid on individual prizes.
Matthew sold tickets in advance, and with much help from friends and family, particularly his wife, the event saw 120 people turn up, dressed to the nines, to celebrate in a room that was decorated in the colours of brainstrust.
With prizes donated by friends and local businesses, the evening went on to raise a spectacular £4,035.96
After enjoying the charity fundraising night so much, and with it being such a success, Matthew would encourage anyone wanting to raise a huge amount of money in one night to hold one.
brainstrust thank Matthew and all of his friends and family for making such an effort and digging deep and also wish Matthew all the best with training in the lead up to the big marathon day!