Fundraising Ball Raises over £10,000 in Alan Rickman’s Memory

On January 14, 2017, Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) sadly died, but his memory has inspired his family to take a stand in the fight against cancer. Rickman died only three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but his family is hoping to raise awareness of the disease, which they hope will lead to an increase in early diagnosis. Early diagnosis in sufferers increases the possibility of surgery, which is important since it is the only cure available.

Rickman’s brother Michael, alongside friends Gail Jones and Peter Hales, held a spectacular ball in Rickman’s honor not only to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer but also to raise the all-important funds needed by charity Pancreatic Cancer Action in its battle against it. The money raised will go toward researching the disease and developing medical procedures to combat it.

The event itself, named the Purple Haze Ball, took place on November 10 at Ashley Barn, Harborough with tickets going for £50 and was attended by over 250 members of the community!

Michael Rickman spoke about his delight at the support shown by the community for this important cause.

I have been so overwhelmed by the support from people who loved Alan, and it’s keeping his memory alive, especially on social media. We are absolutely delighted with the support we received, the sponsorship from local companies and the generosity from all those who donated their time, money and goods.

Pancreatic cancer remains the fifth largest cancer killer in the UK, but with a survival rate of less than seven percent, all efforts to combat the disease are incredibly important.

Ali Stunt, the founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action, was also touched by the support of the community and the success of the event.

The generosity of Michael’s friends, family and the community is unbelievable. Thank you so much for supporting the charity and raising the funds, which will go towards vital research into early diagnosis and public awareness.

If you’d like to find out more or donate to this worthy cause, you can check out its website!