STAR STUDDED CHARITY GALA ANNOUNCED IN AID OF PREMATURE BIRTH RESEARCH AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
Two of the world’s pioneering health professors, Tiong Ghee “TG” Teoh and Phil Bennett have joined forces to host a sensational Great Gatsby themed gala, in aid of premature birth research at Imperial College London. The Gala will take place in the art-deco Bloomsbury Ballroom on Thursday, 30th January 2020.
The high-class evening will feature a variety of fantastic performances; from side-splittingly funny author of This Is Going To Hurt and ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, Adam Kay and singer Louise Redknapp. Louise, who is signed to ADA/Warner Music and has just released her fourth solo album, “Heavy Love”. Plus, alt-rock duo Broken Bones Matilda will be bringing some Americana vibes to the evening. The Bloomsbury Ballroom is home to the London Cabaret Club, whose Gatsby Band will immerse guests in the Jazz Age for one night only! There will also be a three-course dinner and auction with showstopping prizes.
“I am honoured to be involved in the charity gala organised by TG, Phil and Imperial College London. I know that it will not only help raise the necessary funds, but more awareness for premature births globally. Having previously worked in hospitals for over six years, I have seen first-hand the devastating loss that can come with premature births. I’m hopeful for the future of this research and it is time we push forward to make this invaluable change to countless lives.” Adam Kay
The event is to fundraise money towards a succession plan for their research, which in total needs £2.5 million. So far, £700,000 has been raised to endow a Professional Academic Chair at Imperial College London, where TG and Phil practice.
Premature birth is a basic healthcare situation that desperately needs our help. Surprisingly it has not been prioritised despite all the incredible advances in modern medicine. It affects an astonishing amount of infants and families each year. Although exact figures are hard to source, it is predicted that 15 million babies may be affected and is a major cause of disability and sadly remains the biggest cause of death in children under 5 throughout the world.
Professor Tiong Ghee Teoh, best known as “TG”, is a pioneering and highly championed obstetrician and gynaecologist who specialises in high-risk pregnancies.
He was on the specialist team at the Lindo Wing for the birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Prince George, Louis and Princess Charlotte. He is also a close friend of Janet Jackson, delivering her son Eissa.
TG recalls the moment that he decided to put all his energy into research into premature birth. TG remembers two stories – one of a woman who very unfortunately delivered and lost her baby 20 weeks into her pregnancy, and one month later another woman delivering twins 24 weeks into her pregnancy – one of the twins sadly passed away a number of hours after birth, and the second only survived for four weeks.
“These two experiences scarred me, as there were no warning signs and we could not anticipate them happening, there was no obvious past medical history. I came to realise that premature birth had many reasons for happening, and most of them were unpredictable and only sometimes preventable. This then came my thirst for knowledge and the pursuit for the reduction and prevention of premature birth.” – Prof. TG
Professor Phil Bennett is also an extremely recognised name in his field. He is the Director of the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, and the Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust Research Director for Women and Children’s Health. He established one of the first preterm birth prevention services in the UK, providing the framework for a series of studies of diagnostics and interventions which have improved the outcomes in women at risk of premature labour.
Together, with the funds raised, TG and Phil will be able to continue the prioritisation of research into this issue that affects so many families, and will save thousands of lives.
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