A GROUP of friends have continued the legacy of an inspirational fundraiser by hosting a charity ball, raising £10,000 in the process.
Natasha ‘Tash’ Fermor raised almost £60,000 to fund medical research after learning that her breast cancer diagnosis had spread and was not curable.
Tash began her three-and-a-half year battle with cancer shortly after her marriage in 2012 – and just days after the death of her new born baby, Lucas.
With the aim of raising enough to fund a Cancer Research UK researcher at St Bart’s Medical institute in London for a year, Tash set up the charity Tash’s Bashes in 2013 with the aim of helping to tackle secondary breast cancer.
Events included walks, marathons and quizzes – the highlight of her herculean fundraising efforts proved to be a charity ball in Stratford last summer which raised a staggering £15,000 in one night by 200 guests.
Tash sadly lost her brave battle with cancer in January this year, and her friends agreed to host another ball in honour of her memory with the aim of raising additional funds.
The evening, at the newly refurbished Coventry Hilton, was hosted by Free Radio DJ, JD, with the 21st century’s answer to the Andrews Sisters and The Rockabellas providing vintage swing musical entertainment.
A silent auction was also held during the evening with prizes including a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, tickets to watch Wasps and a Warwick Castle visit.
Tash’s husband, Kent, praised the organisers of this year’s event and was touched to see so much money raised.
He added: “Everyone involved has made this a fantastic success and ensured everyone had a great night they won’t forget.
“More importantly though, we have raised some greatly needed funds for Cancer Research.
“Tash would be smiling down on us with a happy and proud smile.”
If you’d like to support support Tash’s ongoing charity, visit www.tashsbashes.co.uk where all donations are welcome.