Emily Piscopo hosted a fundraising ball and raised over £11,000 for CLIC Sargent in support of her godson, six-year-old Edward, currently being treated for leukaemia.
The highlight of the evening was the auction hosted by Bargain Hunt star Thomas Plant, raising over £7,000 toward the total, which included some fun family rivalry bidding over a Dyson!
Thomas said: “It was a super evening, as the auctioneer it was such a pleasure to have so many keen bidders in the room to support a wonderful charity.
"Edwards fight to beat his cancer, his parents and sisters support and sheer strength has been an inspiration to me and to others as we could tell by the generous support on the night.”
Making a difference
Edward’s parents Tanya and Charles Edis attended the evening, showing great appreciation to Emily for organising the evening. Charles gave an emotional speech, explaining the journey his family has been on since December 2014 when Edward was diagnosed and began immediate treatment.
Emily added: “I have been overwhelmed by the support shown from family, friends and complete strangers. It was a fabulous evening and great fun was had by all.
"Edward is our superhero, his bravery and determination completely inspired the evening and enabled us to exceed all our expectations in terms of funds raised. We will certainly arrange another event next year, and would appreciate all offers of support."
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Hannah Worrall said: “It was a phenomenal evening, such a lovely atmosphere and full of people who really care for the Edis family.
“It costs on average £4,000 for CLIC Sargent to support a family through a cancer journey so these funds really will help more children and young people going through such a difficult time. Thank you Emily.”