Saturday, 27 December 2008
Following an auction of pledges which raised more than £25,000 for Adam’s Hats, guests were treated to a private set from international jazz musicians, Andy Sheppard and Kuljit Bhamra. We hope even more of our supporters will join us for Blast 10!
Dinner was interspersed with beautiful tributes to our work from Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty, who we were honoured to introduce as a new patron of Adam’s Hats alongside Professor Andy Pearson, of the Royal Marsden, and from Dr Peppy Brock, who emphasised the important role that Adam’s Hats now plays in sponsoring research for this under-served group of adolescent patients. Peppy explained the hurdles that must be overcome to gain attention to such a small group of cancer patients, and the crucial role that clinical trials play in securing new treatment protocols. She also showed how discoveries in one patient group inevitably lead to benefits for other groups, so support for Adam’s Hats projects potentially, has an even wider impact than on our target group alone. Shami Chakrabati brings passion and commitment to our quest for all children’s entitlements to be met, through attention to rarer, as well as common cancers. Andy Pearson’’s pre-eminence on the global neuroblastoma stage provides us with the guidance we need to be most effective and invest wisely in the improvement of outcomes for the tiny sample of older children who suffer the disease. We are privileged that they have agreed to be our patrons.
The magnificent venue of Christ Church Spitalfields saw 200 friends and partners of Adam’s Hats gather for the charity’s first major celebration of support, on the evening of 3 October. Blast 08 began with a drinks reception in the vestibule, stunningly lit in ‘Adam’s Hats blue’, with a harpist playing in the background.