Mind Matters Charity Ball                                                                                        29th September 2013

Laura Hartwell and friends are raising money in memory of Tim Hartwell. He suffered from bi-polar for 30 years and during that time there was little development in the drugs that treated the illness. Ultimately his illness overcame him and he took his own life earlier this year. We want to see more research go into the drugs that treat mental health which is why we are raising money for Mental Health Research UK.

Mental Health Research UK is a charity that specifically funds research into mental illness. Despite huge advances in medical research, very little is spent on research into mental health. For every £1,000 of charitable funds spent on researching causes and cures for cancer, just £26 is spent on mental illness despite the fact that one in four of us is likely to suffer from a mental illness at some point in our lives.

We have set up a raffle with some fantastic prizes for you to win. Simply buy your tickets, see link. You do not need to attend the event to buy tickets, if you are a winner, we will send you your prize in the post after the Ball. You will also be able to buy raffle tickets on the night. We are also holding an auction on the evening of the Ball itself, there will be an opportunity to bid for your preferred lot after dinner. However if you are unable to attend the event and fancy some of the great bids on offer please send us your bid before the 29th September and if no one beats it on the night then we will notify you the following week of your success.

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The Ball at Parley Manor in Bournemouth was a resounding success.

It raised over £20,000!

Here's Laura Hartwell's Account

My Dad suffered from bi-polar which was triggered by my birth. He struggled for nearly 30 years with the illness and we went through many ups and downs over the years with a number of inpatient stays as a result of the manic highs. These were extremely difficult times for us as a family. However nothing could compare to the devastation we felt when the low took hold and my Dad took his own life in May this year.

As a family we felt that there were very few options in terms of medication for bi-polar. The drugs that were available had terrible side effects and ultimately were not very effective. Therefore we wanted to raise money that would go directly in to research in the hope that things will be different for future generations suffering from mental health conditions.

We organised a Ball that was held at Parley Manor in Bournemouth on 29 September. We had 139 guests who joined us for a fabulous evening of eating, drinking and dancing. We held a fantastic raffle and auction and the Ultimate Michael Buble provided the entertainment which was followed by a disco. We raised over £20,000 which we were absolutely blown away by. We also used the opportunity to raise awareness about the lack of funding that charities like MHRUK receive. Everyone had a truly wonderful time.