Successful first event for The Phoebe Research Fund

Zoe and Phoebe Crowson at the fundraising event. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150409-110558001
Zoe and Phoebe Crowson at the fundraising event. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150409-110558001

It was an evening of celebrations at The Phoebe Research Fund Charity Dinner and Auction, held on Thursday last week, with more than £5,000 raised in Phoebe’s name to help ‘a child’s fight for a future’.

The first major event for the charity, which aims to raise awareness of the rare genetic skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa, was attended by both five-year-old Phoebe Crowson, and mum and event organiser, Zoe, who were delighted with the success of the night.

“I’m so thrilled at how the event went given it was my first event, everyone really pulled together to ensure it was a fabulous evening,” said Zoe.

The highlight of the night was the fabulous charity auction, led by auctioneer, Nick Dawes. Auction prizes included a signed Arsenal football shirt, golf for four at Stapleford Park Hotel and even an Aston Martin for an entire weekend - which brought in many bids from across the floor.

Classical Soprano, Katie Marshall was also there on the night to entertain the guests.

Zoe, is extremely grateful for all the support she has received leading up the event, she said: “I’ve had such incredible support locally which is going to hopefully build the solid foundations of The Phoebe Research Fund.

“I’m just a mum who’s trying to make my daughter’s life and other children’s lives, who suffer with Epidermolysis Bullosa, just that bit better.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has made such a spectacular effort.”

The grand total raised on the night was £5,350, with an extra £480 which will be made towards the raffle. The raffle, of which tickets have sold by a number of local business, will be drawn on September 17 at The William Cecil Hotel.

To find out more about the charity please visit the website. You can also follow The Phoebe Research Fund on Twitter and Facebook.