Vegas ball raises thousands for brain tumour research

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A LAS Vegas-themed charity ball organised by a Montrose mum has raised £13,500 to help fund vital research into brain tumours.

Around 400 guests attended the One Night In Vegas ball, held in Dundee’s Caird Hall at the end of last month, in aid of local charitable trust Bare All for Brain Tumours, a subsidiary of Brian Tumour UK.

The trust, which aims to raise £50,000 a year, was set up by Carolyn Pierpont after her partner Mark Toshney collapsed at work three years ago and was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his brain and the ball was organised by Carolyn and her friend Emma Kettles, in memory of Emma’s father John Coutts, who died of a grade 4 brain tumour.

The venue was transformed for the fund-raiser by Dundee company Vision Sound & Light (VSL) with sponsorship from Star Lifestyle Management and Balhousie Care Group, whose founder and chairman Tony Banks lost his brother Roddy to a brain tumour at the age of just 34.

Carolyn said everyone was thrilled to have raised so much money.

She said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have raised £13,500 at the One Night In Vegas ball, which will go a long way towards our annual target of £50,000. All the money will stay in Scotland and will help to make molecular investigation available to everyone in this country and enable more precise brain diagnosis and treatment.

“Saturday was an amazing success and we’d like to thank everyone who attended the ball and gave so generously towards our fund-raising efforts, particularly our sponsors Star Lifestyle Management and Balhousie Care Group for their support.

“Brain tumours have the highest fatality rates, yet receive so little funding in comparison to those which have cures. Brain tumours affect 4,500 people a year in Scotland so we hope to make a difference to those people who need our help.”

Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, supported by Tony Banks, followed by dinner and entertainment from Elvis and a Neil Diamond tribute act, as well as Channel 4 magician Kevin MacMahon, Karen Scrimgeour’s showgirl dancers and then dancing until the early hours. They also had the chance to try their luck at the fun casino and bid for auction and raffle prizes including a trip to London, a party on a yacht in Monaco, golf clubs and a flatscreen TV.

Carolyn’s next event is a Burns Supper in January at Aberdeen’s Ardoe House Hotel.