Biennial fundraiser brings together top business leaders to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.
The one-of-a-kind fundraising dinner, A Bigger Bounce, returned this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bringing together a host of the UK’s most successful business leaders to raise an incredible £1 million for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.
Following on from the success of the 2013 event, A Bigger Bounce, which took place at Camden’s Roundhouse and was hosted by radio star Jo Whiley, treated guests to an evening of top class entertainment, with acts including comediennes Roisin Conaty, Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons and Jessica Hynes and music from Foxes, Rebecca Ferguson and The Commitments.
Guests also took part in the event’s auction, hosted by Christopher Biggins, which saw bids come in for money-can’t-buy prizes including a seven-night stay on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, the Ultimate Hollywood Experience offering the chance to rub shoulders in LA with renowned Game of Thrones director David Nutter, a Party in the Sky where the winner will take over the infamous BT Tower restaurant and host a dinner for 80 guests, a ten day Antarctic cruise and many more.
The hugely successful event was masterminded by a committee co-chaired by Philippa Brown, CEO at Omnicom Media Group and Carolyn McCall, CEO at easyjet, with members coming from a variety of industries and sectors.
The Committee’s co-chairs said:
“All of us are so pleased to have hit the £1m target. We know that this will go some way in helping to eradicate this awful disease.
“We are grateful to those who helped make it happen, including our fellow committee members, guests who bought tables and gave generously and of course, those that donated such fabulous prizes. Breast cancer is a devastating disease. The money raised will go towards Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.”
Laura Donnelly, A Bigger Bounce Project Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Working with such an inspiring and motivational committee has been fantastic for Breast Cancer Now – they made the impossible possible on so many occasions and we’re over the moon to have hit the million mark.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, one in eight women will face it in their lifetime - around 1,000 women will die from breast cancer this month in the UK alone. We’re determined to put a stop to this and events like A Bigger Bounce will help us make this happen – we believe that if we all act now, by 2050, we can stop women dying from breast cancer.”
Breast Cancer Now is bringing together all those affected by the disease to improve the way breast cancer is prevented, detected and treated in order to stop the disease and move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.