Oh what a night! Genesis celebrates 15 years with star-studded Crystal Ball

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It’s not every evening you get to see Kerry Katona tearing up the dancefloor with the wonderful Professor Tony Howell, world-leading oncologist and, at 69, no mean dancer either.  But the Crystal Ball to mark the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal’s 15th anniversary – held on Saturday at Manchester’s Hilton – was that type of night.

It had been organised by Michelle Clayton, a rather amazing mother of five and carrier of the BRCA2 breast cancer gene, who somehow managed to arrange the whole thing in a mere three months.  With astonishing chutzpah, she pulled in a host of celebs (taking a particularly direct approach to secure Paddy Doherty, star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and winner of Celebrity Big Brother, by simply turning up at his house).

The evening was hands down the most high energy charity do I’ve ever been to.  More importantly, it pulled in £40,000 for research into breast cancer prevention.

It’s been nine years since the formidable Pam Glass, campaign director at Genesis, approached me to volunteer to help promote a local golf day for the charity.  One hour in the presence of this human dynamo and I was hooked.  Genesis has been a big part of my life ever since. As my third close friend in three years begins chemo for breast cancer, its cause resonates even more now than it did in the early days.

Here’s to an even more successful next 15 years. Here’s to the truly remarkable collection of people who make this charity what it is. And may the next 15 years see Genesis achieve its aim of making “one in ten, none in ten”.