Over 150 people joined Epilepsy Research UK as we hosted our inaugural Gala Ball on 15 October 2011 to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity. Taking place at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in the heart of London, guests enjoyed a memorable evening of champagne, food, music and dancing, with live music provided from the fabulous Sarah Ellen Hughes Band.

We were lucky to have professional Auctioneer Michael Grist from Sotheby’s who did a fantastic job! Auction prizes on the evening included a named appearance in an Ian Rankin novel, a visit to the McLaren Technology Centre, a Tour de France Experience and an Internship at an award-winning Hedge Fund. We also had many other amazing prizes and experiences in the Silent Auction and Test Tube Tombola.

The event was a tremendous success and we hope everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended for their support and generosity on the evening; everyone who so generously donated prizes; Michael Grist for donating his time and expertise; Steve Back for the photos, and our events committee – Nick Christian, John and Nancy Bettelley, Fiona Evans, Paul Newman, Sandy Wackett and Rik Waind – for their help in organising this event. Also special thanks to Tim Coxon, David Moran and Mark and Claire Phillips for their support.

We’re delighted to have raised a fantastic £65,000 for the charity.