In October 2014 the Mayfair Hotel in London and Passionate Pink hosted the most amazing evening in memory of Katie. 178 people joined us at Katie’s Gala Ball where we ate beautiful food, enjoyed some incredible music, and thanks to the generosity of every single person there we raised an amazing amount of money.
Passionate Pink and the Little Wish Foundation, along with Deb and her team helped put together a fantastic night, organised fantastic goody bags, and introduced us to the amazing talents of Phoebe Rose – a 14yr old extremely talented singer who silenced the room with her voice.
Sarah was delighted to announce during the evening that due to the huge amount of money that has been raised by everyone, we can now launch the Katie Compson Pain Database; a database that will track, measure and ultimately help to treat the pain that cancer patients endure. Our hope as a family is that this will eventually be shared nationwide, allowing doctors, nurses and researchers access to the correct pain medicine for those going through cancer.
Our special guest of the evening was Dr John Williams – a consultant anaesthetist, and Head of Pain Services at The Royal Marsden since 1996. He is supporting us in our efforts and leading the team through various ethics committees and board of the Royal Marsden to start recording pain data from early January.
Through the selfless generosity of friends, businesses, and family everyone had the opportunity to win some incredible prizes. The first was to buy a rose for Katie, whereby beautiful cream and pink roses were purchased with the opportunity to win a stunning diamond necklace, donated by Mr Michael Wainwright, MD of Boodles jewellers. The necklace was won by a very special person. Ten year old Chloe Thompson had been granted a wish through the Little Wish Foundation – her wish being to be a princess for the night. Dressed up as the perfect princess, Chloe helped prepare the room for the evening and absolutely deserved to win this special prize.
We had hundreds of raffle prizes donated for the event, throughout the night there was ample chance for guests to buy raffle tickets, and people were thrilled to go home with such fantastic prizes.
Our auctioneer, Katie’s proud father Peter, gave a sterling performance auctioning off 12 incredible Lots. From a holiday in Tobago to a diamond ring, with cases of wine and signed Formula One prints in between, we were so fortunate that everyone was so generous with their money and it was a constant stream of hands in the air.
Through all of this generosity, we made over £24,000 on the evening taking our total up to over £123,000. We cannot thank you all enough for your generosity.
Wishing you all a very happy new year
All our love
Sarah, Jenny, Pete & Elise xxxx