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Brain tumour patients inspire Glamour and Goodness Ball

Two West Midlands patients were the inspiration behind a black-tie fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research.

Matthew Stride, 30, from Sutton Coldfield, and six-year-old Bobby Humphries, from Yardley, live with brain tumours. Matthew was 26 years old when he was diagnosed with an incurable grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. Bobby Humphries underwent life-threatening surgery and chemotherapy when just a toddler and now has regular scans.

On Saturday 7 March, a crowd of 600 guests attended a charity ball at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Inspired by Matthew and Bobby’s moving stories, organisers of the fourth annual  Glamour and Goodness Ball are totting up the funds raised on the night, and are hoping to have smashed last year’s total of £24,000. The profits will be split between Brain Tumour Research and Cure Leukaemia.

Bobby’s proud mum Georgina said: “Bobby is doing really well at the moment and it’s great to see him healthy and happy at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Sheldon, where he is a pupil in Year 2. We recently received the results from Bobby’s latest scan which showed that his tumour is stable, which was a relief for us all.

“We’re enjoying every moment with Bobby and it was wonderful to dress up for the ball, while helping to raise money for a cause very close to our hearts.”

Highlights of the Glamour and Goodness Ball, which took place during Brain Tumour Awareness Month, included a live band, three-course meal, welcome drinks and a raffle, with prizes including a five-star holiday to New York.

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