A BALL organised by two-times cancer survivor has raised more than £15k for state-of-the-art cancer treatment at local hospitals.
It marks the 18th year of the popular event, hailed the Pink Ball at Nailcote Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club.
The ball is organised by the hotel’s co-owner and two-times cancer survivor Sue Cressman, from Dorridge.
The 63-year-old, who underwent a mastectomy ten years ago, has been continuing to give back by donating a total £250k worth of life-saving medical equipment so far to local hospitals.
Proceeds from ticket sales, auction and raffle on the night, which was attended by 170 guests, has funded three localizer probes.
This new technology leads to more accurate surgery with less damage to healthy tissue and a reduction in the need for radiation and will be used by Solihull, Heartlands and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals.
Sue said: “We were delighted to be able to present a cheque on the night for one machine, which was a complete surprise to our guest from the UHB Charity – and went on to raise enough for a further two so I’m incredibly proud!”
Between helping Rick run their 17th-century Nailcote Hall country house and hotel in Coventry, the former Midlands Businesswoman of the Year, dedicates as much of her time as possible to fundraising.
To date, she is estimated to have donated around £250k worth equipment to hospitals in and around the West Midlands, including biopsy machines, Hilotherapy machines that reduce pain after surgery, infuser kits and garden furniture for chemotherapy units.
Sue added: “My fundraising is a debt of gratitude to the wonderful doctors and nurses and I really felt I wanted to raise money for the comfort of other breast cancer patients by giving them the help and equipment they need immediately.
“I go to see a consultant in breast cancer units and ask them what they need. Small things can make all the difference – and event guests get to see exactly where the money goes.”