Charity – it really does begin at home….
I asked Richard recently, if he would allow me to shamelessly plug the next Ralli Factor 50 fundraising event. He very kindly said he would.
Since I joined Ralli in the 90s, I’ve never known a year when we didn’t do something for charity. Be it one of our partners running the Berlin Marathon for Francis House Hospice, to one of our solicitors volunteering for The Samaritans – never a year has gone by when we didn’t do something.
In 2008 when I lost a family friend to melanoma, I started a fundraising and patient support group, Factor 50. The following year Ralli hosted the 1st Charity Ball. It took place on what would have been Jon Herron’s birthday, his family joined us from Northern Ireland and even though it was my baby, I have to say, it was special. In 2011 we did it again and I wasn’t sure if we could better the first one, but it seemed we managed it. It was another very unique event, attended by clients, families, other solicitors, accountants, doctors – everyone who attended had a great time.
On May 18th 2013 we are doing it all again. I have to admit to being a little bit nervous this time round. I’ve deliberately kept the cost down for tables, as I’m very conscious of the economic climate. However, what I am also conscious of, is that the great need for research into melanoma that still exists. Last year nearly 13,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma and almost 3,000 people died. It is a significant increase and alarmingly, still increasing. By 2030, melanoma will be one of the biggest cancers in the UK. We can’t stop now, we’ve already got two vital, life extending drugs approved on the NHS – we need to carry on the research so that a cure is found.
So, with this in mind we are doing it all over again and I am trying to at least match the last event. In 2011 we entertained 280 people, I’d like to try and increase numbers if possible.
Anyone wishing to attend or support, please get in touch. http://www.factor50.org.uk/sponsorship_events?event=113