Over 800 guests attended the star-studded evening at NEC’s Hilton Metropole Hotel which included a raffle to win a Mini, sponsored by Sytners, and an auction with prizes including Olympic tickets, a Gibson guitar signed by Coldplay, Dubai World Cup tickets plus accommodation and two rare signed England shirts.
Britain’s Got Talent winner Potts and X Factor runner-up Quinn provided some top-notch entertainment with a couple of tribute bands keeping the dancefloor full until the early hours.
Andy Foote set up the charity with wife Judy to research into brain tumours and increase survival rates in memory of their son Joseph who died of a brain tumour in 2007, aged nine.
“It was a fantastic event and an amazing amount of money to raise in one night,” he said.
A further £201,000 was also pledged by supporters towards the Trust’s £1,000 Challenge which is asking for 500 individuals, businesses or organisations to each raise £1k towards research in sequencing the brain tumour DNA genome.
Tracey Dunn, head of fund raising, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support for this worthy cause.”
To date the charity has raised more than £2million to fund its work and has recently merged with Brain Tumour UK to expand its fund-raising nationwide.