365 Ball in aid of The Christie Hospital
The Altrincham Duck is looking forward to supporting Leukaemia survivor Matt Dyson who has organised this spectacular event
On the 9 November 2017 Matt Dyson, of Altrincham, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Thanks to the dedication, skill and care of The Christie Hospital Matt is now, remarkably, in remission. Matt wants to give something back to those who helped him and his family through this traumatic time and has organised the 365 Ball at The Lowry Hotel to be held on 9 November 2018. This will mark the anniversary of his diagnosis.
Family man Matt received his shock diagnosis after experiencing just two weeks of headaches and developing an abscess. Within just one hour of being told he had AML he was transferred to The Christie Hospital where further testing and treatment began. He commenced a five week round of chemotherapy which heartbreakingly prevented him from having any contact with his daughters then aged 3 and 1. Further treatments ensued and within six months Matt was told that he was in remission.
Matt chose to participate in clinical trials during his treatment at The Christie which he believes helped him conquer his illness. This is the reason Matt has chosen to support the haematology research fund at The Christie in the hope that others will benefit from The Christie’s world leading research. But, it wasn’t just the drugs, brains and facilities that helped Matt survive this incredible tough journey, it was the staff themselves who gave him and his family hop,. “At a time when I thought my world had crumbled around me every single member of staff gave me and my loved ones support. They were all so positive that I could beat AML and they helped us all believe that this were possible. And, thankfully they were right. I want to thank them all for their incredible hard work and dedication. This Ball is part of a series of fundraising events I am organising, but it is certainly the most glamorous!”.
Key Radio’s Darren Proctor will host the 365 Ball, a night which promises to bring laughter and celebration of Matt’s remission as well as his determination to ‘pay back’. Guests will be welcomed on the red carpet and enjoy welcome drinks whilst being serenaded by acoustic music. A three course meal will be followed by live entertainment. There will be plenty of fundraising opportunities with a raffle and auction.
The generosity of all of those who have donated prizes has blown Matt away. Thousands of pounds worth of goods from Belstaff, Osprey London, Loake, Jeffery-West, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Sunglasses Hut have been gifted to help raise money on the night. Matt is also grateful to local donations from the Hale Country Club and Spa and Bunny & Banana Crafts. Perhaps one of the most unique, ‘money can’t buy’ prizes will be an opportunity to name a character in Jo Sefton’s, author of If They Knew, second novel.
We are told there will be more surprises on the night and we can’t wait.