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Gala Ball Raises Funds for Medical Research

GRF ball

Pictured: Tim Farr (University of Warwick) Eleanor Deeley (organiser), Professor Peter Winstanley (Dean, Warwick Medical School), Dr Andy Coe(University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire)

A magnificent sum of £7,000 was raised at a charity ball to support medical research in Coventry and Warwickshire into the causes of premature babies and the best forms of neonatal care.

Around 120 guests attended the Grace Research Fund Ball held at the Mallory Court Hotel, Leamington, on November 17th for a champagne reception followed by a five-course meal.

Heart FM breakfast presenter Ed James was the compere for the evening while the Jay Rivers Soul Band provided the entertainment. A total of £7,000 was collected through ticket sales, auction prizes, an Experience Tree which featured 60 vouchers donated by local businesses and a competition called Pick A Pig, where guests bought a Grace Research Fund pig-shaped money box containing a raffle ticket.

Eleanor Deeley, one of the ball’s organisers, said it had been a fantastic evening to raise money for an extremely worthwhile local charity.
She said:

Every pound raised means the Grace Research Fund can continue its excellent work to fund medical research into the causes of premature babies as well as the best methods for neonatal care for children and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire.

This is one of our main fundraising initiatives of the year and we are really grateful to everyone who came along on the night to support the charity and raise such a considerable sum of money.

The Grace Research Fund is supported by the University of Warwick and relies on gifts of time and financial support from the local community, parents, families and volunteers. For more information, please visit