1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by a neurological disorder. Clíodhna McCorley is one of these people. In May 2015, aged 24, actress Clíodhna was diagnosed with a brain tumour and needed major brain surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN). Following a traumatic recovery period with decisions that would affect her for the rest of her life, Clíodhna has made a brilliant recovery. One year after her diagnosis, having lost the ability to walk after her surgery, she ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon (the first time she had ever run anything) and she remains passionate about raising awareness for neurological conditions so that others, like her, have a better chance of survival.
Meet Clíodhna at A Night for Life on the two-year anniversary of her diagnosis and hear her extraordinary story.
Join distinguished guests, sporting stars and celebrities in the stunning Art Deco Ballroom of the Park Lane Hotel for a lavish banquet approved by Elizabeth Allen, the youngest ever British female chef to get a Michelin Star. ITV Sport presenter Ed Chamberlin will host the evening’s entertainment extravaganza organised by West End Producer Jimmy Jewell, featuring favourite TV comedians, world class magicians, stars from West End productions of Aladdin, Dreamgirls, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and The Lion King, and top names including Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
There are over 12.5 million people with a neurological condition in the UK today. That’s more than the number of people living with cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes combined. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
A Night For Life will raise vital funds for The National Brain Appeal which fundraises for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery – the UK’s largest dedicated neurological hospital and neuroscience centre. Money raised at A Night For Life will complete Molly’s Fund which will enable the hospital to double the size of their dedicated Brain Tumour Unit. Work is due to start at the end of June, just weeks after this important event.
Clíodhna McCorley comments; “I was lucky in so many ways. Due to quick diagnosis, being treated by world-class surgeons who had access to the best facilities and equipment, the brilliant aftercare by the medical staff at the NHNN and all of those who showed some small kindness to me or my family, I have come out the other side. There is not a day that goes by when I am not thankful how lucky I am to have the love and support that gave me strength and hope at a time when I had none myself. However, many are not so lucky and raising funds is crucial to helping others have the best possible outcome.”
Ed Chamberlin says: “I’m supporting A Night For Life and hoping to raise a lot of money for The National Brain Appeal because they have saved Clíodhna McCorley’s and so many other people’s lives. One in six people suffering from a neurological disorder is a staggering and horrifying statistic, hence the urgent need for support. I have close friends and family that have been affected plus I work in horse racing where head injuries unfortunately occur too often. A spectacular night is guaranteed to raise money for a superb cause. I’m delighted to be involved.”
Randox Health, a global leader in healthcare diagnostics and preventative health, will be the main sponsor for the evening. Randox Health founder Dr Peter FitzGerald comments: “Nothing is more important than the fight to save lives and Cliodhna is an incredible example of how timely diagnosis and the right care can make the difference between life and death. The money raised at A Night For Life will ensure others are able to follow in her footsteps.”
Clíodhna is organising A Night For Life with the support of a committee of top names from across the industry. Two of the committee – Jim Richardson and Ed Chamberlin – are both cancer survivors and their own struggles have inspired them to support this cause. A Night For Life will be a night to remember.
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