The Jan Fairclough Ball, held in memory of our Charity Patron David Fairclough's wife, saw an amazing £72,000 raised towards the hospital's latest appeal to fund a Neuro Virtual Reality Simulator - a training tool for neurosurgeons and the first of its kind in the UK.

The glittering 10th anniversary event, held at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, was hosted by TV presenter and radio broadcaster Steve Hothersall, with an emotional welcome by the Fairclough family at the start of the evening, and a presentation from Consultant Neurosurgeon Professor Paul May about the Neuro VR Sim later that the night. There was also a film which showed the impact the event has made over the last 10 years, showcasing projects at the hospital which have benefitted from the fundraising over the years.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous 3 course meal during which they were able to bid in an on-line auction with lots including signed sporting memorabilia; as well as entertainment, fashion, food and sporting experiences.  There was also the excitement and drama of a live auction after the dinner, expertly carried out by auctioneer Charles Hanson, a TV expert on BBC programmes including Bargain Hunt, Flog it and Antiques Road Trip.  The evening was rounded off with entertainment from Icon Live who ensured the dance floor was filled until the end of the night.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the event in 2020 so we couldn’t be happier that we were able to come together in 2021 to raise money for such a fantastic cause.” David Fairclough, Charity Patron

“An event like this is a real team effort, and we want to thank everyone who made it such a success again this year.  The Fairclough family for their continued, committed support of the hospital;  our Corporate Partners A&B Engineering, Carpenters Group, Matalan and M&S Southport whose sponsorship ensures we can maximise what is raised for the charity on the night.  Gift bags for guests were kindly provided and sponsored by two Walton Centre patients – Simon Ollman, Cariad Gin, and Terry Brady, Terry’s Timber – and raffle/auction prizes were donated by many local businesses and individuals.  And last but not least, thank you to all our guests who so generously supported the fundraising efforts on the night!” Madeleine Fletcher, Head of Fundraising

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