Mum’s call to support charity ball

Figen Rawlinson at the 2013 Crystal Ball
Figen Rawlinson at the 2013 Crystal Ball

A mum who has raised over £225,000 for brain tumour research in memory of her son is hosting a glittering charity ball – and she wants local businesses to lend their support.

Figen Rawlinson, of Calvert Green, set up the fundraising group Taylan’s Project, after losing her son Taylan to a brain tumour in 2009, when he was seven years old.

Mrs Rawlinson said: “I will never forget the day we were told he had an incurable and inoperable brain tumour.

“We tried to remain strong and hopeful while Taylan went through radiotherapy, making sure he had as normal a life as possible, but tragically he lost his battle just 10 months later and passed away in our arms.

“If money had been pumped into brain tumours over the last 30 years, maybe I would have had a couple more years with Taylan, even if not a cure.”

This year’s Crystal Ball – an evening of entertainment, auctions and fine dining at London’s Hilton Hotel – takes place on Saturday, March 7.

The previous Crystal Ball in 2013 raised more than £30,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Money raised is also used to provide UK holidays for children with cancer and their families, and to give financial support to those who need it.

Tickets and table packages for the glamorous night out are now on sale, and Mrs Rawlinson is urging local firms to get involved.

She said: “We are looking for local businesses to sponsor tables and offer auction prizes. In return, we will ensure companies receive as much recognition as possible before and after the event.

“Our last Crystal Ball raised sufficient funds to sponsor 10 days of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s centres of excellence – that’s 10 days closer to finding a cure. ”

Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Figen has been tireless in her efforts to establish an incredible legacy for Taylan.

“To have raised more than £225,000 to date is amazing.

“We need to raise £7 million per year to achieve our mission of establishing seven successful research centres across the UK and to set the stage for finding a cure for brain tumours in the next decade.

“We can only achieve this through the support of groups like Taylan’s Project and our community of fundraisers throughout the UK.”

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