Yabba Dabba Doo raises £50,000 for children with cancer

Stunning event in Lathom will fund groundbreaking treatment at Christie's Cancer Centre

A spectacular fundraising event in Lathom saw an incredible £50,000 raised to fund groundbreaking treatment for children suffering from cancer.

The fourth annual Yabba Dabba Doo charity night was hosted by co-founder and CEO of The DDC Group, Jan Trevalyan.

It was held on Saturday, November 12 in the grounds of Mr Trevalyan and his partner Lisa Marriott’s picturesque country home in Lathom.

The evening was a grand success in raising a staggering £50,000 towards Christie’s new Proton Beam Therapy Centre.

Proton Beam Therapy is a pioneering, minimally invasive cancer treatment for children. Due to open in 2018, Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy Centre will be the first hospital in the UK to offer this new treatment to an estimated 1,600 children a year, in addition to carrying out innovative, life-saving research.

The evening was one full of laughs and heartfelt tears as Mr Trevalyan gave a very moving speech that touched the hearts of many who have lost loved ones, or have personally suffered from cancer.

The first class entertainment opened with a pyrotechnic fire display by Juggling Inferno. It was followed by a spectacular 20 minute fireworks display by World Fireworks Champions Blitz Fireworks that included a surprise Michael Jackson Thriller dance performance.

Rising from the grounds whilst the fireworks lit up the night sky, the zombie dancers wowed guests.

The firework grand finale was launched by Stephen and Karen Phillips who generously won the bid to start the finale show.

Guests were inspired by the incredible display as they sang along to the show’s songs including Sorry by Justin Bieber and History by One Direction.

They were then entertained by magician David Burgess, female band The Queens of Rhythm, a DJ set by Danny Bee of Rock FM, Pic & Pose photo booth, a raffle and an auction.

A delicious two course meal was served by D’vine Catering with flower cupcake desserts by Graysons of Ainsdale, cocktails and flair bar tending by Flair ‘N’ Funk, as well as an ice cream truck and coffee bar by Willow Catering.

The raffle was a huge success, before Mr Trevalyan took to the stage to ask how many gueets would be willing to give an extra £50 towards Christie’s with the chance of winning £500? The hands in the room went up automatically raising a large sum.

The auction included rare items such as an Oasis guitar signed by all the band members, an Alice Cooper signed guitar, and a Pangea metal sculpted giraffe and buffalo that were imported from Namibia.

Supporters also bid for football and rugby packages that included signed shirts and signed boots with tickets to matches, ladies’ diamond watch sets with diamond earrings and gold bracelets and ring-side tickets to the upcoming Anthony Joshua boxing match.

Having A Ball director Chantelle Drewery, who organises the annual event, said: “The atmosphere on the night was incredible.

“This year was bigger and better - with over 300 guests and raising more money than ever before.

“We can’t thank our guests enough for the huge amount of money we have raised.”

Jan Trevalyan, creator and host of the Yabba Dabba Doo, said: “I think it’s important to give back where you can.

“The funds raised from this charity will do an incredible amount of good - helping our little ones with cancer fight to live full lives and indeed be able to grow up as our future doctors, lawyers and leaders of the world.”

The night was organised and ran by Chantelle Drewery of Having a Ball Events, who worked closely with Mr Trevalyan, Lisa Marriott and John Latham for months prior to the scheduled date.

Having a Ball is a Southport-based events company, specializing in the organizing and running of events and bars.