Jeffrey Archer to lead auction at Pink Rose Ball at Chilford Hall in aid of Addenbrooke’s Cambridge Breast Unit

CHILFORD Hall Vineyard and Conference Centre in Linton is to host the Pink Rose Ball, supported by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

The event is being held to raise money for the Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit on Saturday November 20 at 7pm.

Organised by Jackie Wishart, wife of Professor Gordon Wishart, consultant breast and endocrine surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the event aims to raise �35,000 towards diagnostic equipment for the unit that opened in 2008, and will support the surgical research programme.

The evening will include a champagne reception and three-course dinner, followed by a ‘Money Can’t Buy’ auction with auctioneer Jeffrey Archer.

Prizes have been donated from all over the country, and include: a personal commission by illustrator Quentin Blake, a day at Newmarket with champion jockey Wally Swinburn, including breakfast with the Queen’s trainer, lunch at the jockey club and more, a BBC mock screen test and studio tour, a tour of the McLaren factory, a day with the Channel 4 racing team behind the scenes, a day with the Red Arrows, a swimming lesson with Olympian Mark Foster at Henlow Grange, X-Factor final tickets and a day at exclusive fashion exhibition Pure with the fashion buying team from Anne Furbank.

A raffle will also take place during the evening with prizes from all over the country including meals for two, wine, glider trip, football tickets and much more.

Cover band Soul Patrol, voted best cover band in Hello! magazine, will be providing the entertainment along with X-Factor finalist Jonathan Bremner.

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Organiser Jackie Wishart said: “I have been overwhelmed with the amount of support that local and national companies and individuals have given us.

“Ticket sales are going extremely well and we are looking forward to a really successful fundraising evening at Chilford Hall.”

Director and general manager of Chilford Hall Glen Mejias said: “ We are delighted to have been chosen as the venue for the Pink Rose Ball, and we are very pleased to support our local breast cancer research unit, which will benefit many patients now and in the future.”

Tickets are �85 per person, available as individual tickets up to tables of 10. For tickets please contact Caroline Choat by e-mail at or call 07919 058373, and for sponsorship/donation enquiries contact Jackie Wishart by e-mail at or call 07767 770039.

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• The Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital opened in July 2008 and has now developed a national & international reputation for delivering both clinical and research excellence.

Individual patient care is delivered using evidence-based guidelines that are updated annually in light of new research and a 10-year survival in excess of 80 per cent puts this unit on a par with the best centres in Europe.

Following a �2 million fundraising effort, the Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit was opened in August 2008 to support the growing clinical research programme.

This unit now provides the clinical facilities to allow scientists and clinicians to produce high quality ‘translational research’, a concept that aims to bring scientific breakthroughs from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible.