An exclusive afternoon tea fundraising event raised over £39,000 for Penny Brohn UK; helping the charity to support more people living with cancer in London to live well with the disease.
The exclusive event took place at The Ned on Sunday 6 October and was attended by high profile guests including BAFTA award-winning actress Suranne Jones who is an ambassador of Penny Brohn UK; actress and voiceover artist Lucy Briers; and Sarina Taylor actress and wife to Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
The glamorous afternoon tea was organised by voiceover artist, Jessica Brohn – the daughter of Penny Brohn who co-founded the Bristol-based cancer charity nearly 40 years ago. Penny set up the charity after being diagnosed with breast cancer and realising there was nothing available to help her focus on her ‘whole person’ – mind, body, spirit and emotions – during and after medical treatment.
Jessica Brohn, who is also Chair of the Penny Brohn UK London Fundraising Committee, said: “It was such a fun day and so exciting to raise so much money specifically for our London services. It’s an honour to support my mum and to ensure her legacy reaches out nationally to help more people. Thank you so much to Nick Jones and Soho House for making it possible.”
Today, Penny Brohn UK is the leading UK charity to take an integrated and whole person approach to cancer support, recognising that people need more then medicine to live well with the disease. Exploring areas like diet, exercise, emotions, relationships and managing stress; the charity’s free courses, one-to-one therapies, and group sessions, work alongside standard medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing by supporting the holistic needs – psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical – of people affected by cancer.
Suranne Jones said: “It was a really super afternoon of fun, friends, and fundraising. I feel privileged to be an ambassador for Penny Brohn UK. I’m always inspired to hear from those that use the charity’s holistic approach; how it can change someone’s experience of living with cancer in such a positive and powerful way. All the money raised will be used to support people living with cancer in London and I want to thank everyone who made the event such a success.”
Joanne Rosser, who was supported by Penny Brohn UK when she was diagnosed with cancer, spoke about her experience and how the charity had helped her to live well. Her husband, Stephen Rosser became a trustee of the charity after it supported his wife and he became Chair of Trustees earlier this year
Guests were treated to a glass of fizz, a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea. The also had the opportunity to bid on exclusive auction items including signed drum sticks belonging to Roger Taylor from Queen and items from the set of Doctor Foster and Scott & Bailey. The event was kindly supported by Reef Group; with every pound donated being matched by the company.