The Southern themed event aims to raise £1000 with food from eleven different US states, cocktails, live jazz and a tin can shooting alley. Sheila has commented that “I owe my life to the renal team at MRI which is why I am so pleased to be able to give something back through my love of food.”
All the proceeds from the event will be going to the research arm of the charity that are pioneering studies into using stem cell treatment as an alternative to full organ transplantation. Kidneys for Life help hundreds of patients a year to receive treatment, transplants and provide MRI with vital equipment that is not available to the NHS. MRI’s renal unit is recognized internationally as a world leader in renal research and care, and has gone as far as being the first hospital to provide a combined kidney and pancreas transplant in a child allowing them to live a normal and diabetic free life.
Lex comments, “the transplants that Sheila has received have really changed all our lives. She has regained so much of her health and confidence that she has been able to partner with me in launching my first business as well as regaining much of her independence that was lost through the debilitating effects of diabetes.”
The support from the local community for this event has been fantastic with a number of local businesses offering vouchers and prizes to raffle off along side prizes from the likes of The Palace Theatre and The Opera House. “It’s really fantastic that so many people have been generous in their donations for this event and we’re really looking forward to announcing the winners on the night”.
Tickets are £30 and guests can look forward a Deep South feast that features a whole pig that will be hand butchered and cooked nose to tail in ways that only the Americans could concoct! Expect lots of smoked meats, hearty roasts and a signature dish from each of the 11 states. Tickets are available either through Lex’s blog: www.ladynom.co.uk or their ticket seller: www.wegottickets.co.uk/