Splendid £17,000 raised at doctor's dinner

Splendid £17,000 raised at doctor's dinner

FAB FUND RAISER: Dr Allison John, pictured here with friends Anna Parry and Clara Curtis, has raised around £17,000 for CF at a charity gala dinner.

Allison and Brian Harries, compere and auctioneer, thank Charlie Richards who played violin at the champagne reception.

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A splendid £17,000 has been raised by a Fishguard doctor during a night of glamour, good food and dancing at Wolfscastle Country Hotel.

Dr Allison John, 35, has raised the money for the All Wales Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre based at Llandough Hospital. This is the only adult Cystic Fibrosis centre in Wales, currently caring for almost 250 patients.

Their Better Life Appeal aims to provide CF patients with the most modern medical equipment possible and to develop a £1m specialist patient ward.

Born with CF when sufferers were not expected to live beyond their teens, Allison has constantly defied the odds and amazed the doctors.

The Pride of Britain award winner and Cosmopolitan magazine Ultimate Survivor, who has had liver, heart and lung and kidney transplants, made a presentation about the highs and lows of her journey to the 200 plus guests.

Among her many achievements Allison has addressed the House of Lords on presumed consent and raised thousands for Kidney Wales. She qualified as a doctor four years ago and is currently in her last year of training to become a GP.

"It was very emotional," she said. "All the people that have supported me were there, the doctors and nurses who looked after me and friends and family, there weren't many dry eyes.

"A few people locally with young children with CF came to support us. I could tell them that with a lot of support and inspiration you can achieve things, you can achieve your dreams."

Other entertainment during the evening included an auction that raised in excess of £8,000; music from band Charlie's Marbles, fronted by local singer Charlie Parry, and a delicious dinner.

"Everybody that came, came for a good night and was up for it. They all came ready to raise a lot of money for charity," said Allison.

"I was really pleased by the amount of support. People gave generously both on the night and beforehand. The auction had some fantastic items and Andy and Mandy at Wolfscastle Hotel gave us the opportunity to use the hotel. I'm really chuffed to bits."

Allison now needs to put her charity work on hold in order to concentrate on her GPs exams, but hasn't ruled out the possibility of some other forms of future fundraising.

"I have a little committee of friends from Pembrokeshire in Cardiff who help me out," she said. "I would never say never; I'm always up for a challenge."

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