Transplant meant new life

Geoff B ennet and Abbie Thoms. Geoff is staging a f8und-raising Lavender Ball at Ickowrth House to say thank you for life saving treatment
Geoff B ennet and Abbie Thoms. Geoff is staging a f8und-raising Lavender Ball at Ickowrth House to say thank you for life saving treatment
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Geoff Bennet has faced death several times and thanks to the work of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Ipswich Hospital has survived.

In 2005 Geoff suffered end stage renal failure plus an auto immune disorder which meant he urgently needed a life saving kidney transplant. Forn two days he was on life support but pulled through.

Now he wants to thank the hospitals which pulled him back from the brink and is staging a Lavender Ball at the West Wing at Ickworth House on June 21, Midsummer’s Day next year. Geoff wants to raise enough money to provide accommodation for relatives of transplant patients and donors at Addenbrooke’s and to help with improvements planned at Ipswich Hospital’s renal unit.

Tickets are £65 per head on tables of 10 and there is a three course meal, welcome drinks, a silent auction and dancing until 1pm.

The Beavers from Halstead will provide live music for the evening and there will be a Lavender theme with diners invited to wear a Lavender cumerband or spray.

Geoff, a former Fleet Street journalist, from Hitcham, said: “When I was in the hospital my son had to go home each night as there was nowhere for him to stay.

“I would like to raise enough money to provide people, particularly families of donors, with somewhere to stay. While I was at Addenbrooke’s I was very aware that very upset families were having to leave at the end of visiting time, some to make a long journey home at a time when a loved one was dangerously ill.

“The care I received from both hospitals was amazing and that and the donor’s gift saved my life effectively giving me a new life.”

RudlingsWakelam are providing back office support and will oversea offers of sponsorship or auction lots.

To book tickets email Geoff at geoff@newlifelavenderball.org or visit the website www.newlifelavenderball.org