Fundraising ball returns after first year’s success

Geoff Bennet with surgeon Chris Watson who performed Geoff's  life-saving transplant picture by Trevor Burch Photography ANL-140623-134215001

Geoff Bennet with surgeon Chris Watson who performed Geoff's life-saving transplant picture by Trevor Burch Photography ANL-140623-134215001

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A charity ball organised by a Sudbury man who underwent a life-saving kidney transplant is returning for another year to support the hospitals that helped him.

In 2005, Geoff Bennet needed a kidney transplant to save his life after suffering end-stage renal failure and an auto immune disorder.

To show his gratitude to the accomplished staff at both Addenbrooke’s and Ipswich hospitals, Geoff organised a black tie event which raised £4,500.

The money funded a much-needed sanctuary room for relatives and donors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, as well as improvements to the Ipswich renal unit.

Geoff said he hopes this year’s event at Stoke by Nayland hotel on June 13 will match last year’s success.

“This is the nail-biting time now,” he said. “It’s waiting for people to cough up their money. It is very personal to me and I can get quite emotional about it.”

Geoff said this year’s total will go towards maintaining the sanctuary room and funding vital transplant kit.

“Imagine the anguish that donor families face having to watch the machine being turned off,” he said. “They need a sanctuary.

“It would be a shame for that to wither for the sake of a bit of effort on my part.”

Tickets are available online at www.newlifelavenderball.org.