Northern Ireland Anaesthetic Charity Ball

Name: Dr Stephen Cullen 

Event: Northern Ireland Anaesthetic Charity Ball 

Date: 23 June 2017 

Where: Ulster Museum, Belfast 

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Tickets: Email – nigat@hotmail.com

Last November, Dr Stephen Cullen organised a brilliant concert in Belfast to help raise funds for our work. So we were delighted to learn about the upcoming Northern Ireland Anaesthetic Charity Ball – another event he and his colleagues are planning to raise funds for safer surgery worldwide.

This is the second event you’ve held in aid of Lifebox, what inspired you to support us again?

Lifebox is an excellent charity which strikes a chord with healthcare staff providing surgery: surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff. The support that the charity provided for the last event really helped us make it a huge success and we hope that this event can be as big a success!

A charity ball sounds grand – what activities do you have planned for the night?

We are quite excited about the event – there will be a drinks reception with music provided by the fantastic Nine Inch Nialls (a foundation doctor and medical student putting their slant on popular classics!). Following the drinks reception there will be a three course meal, with a raffle and auction with some really great prizes! Then we’re very lucky to have a band called ‘The Fine Toothed Forceps’ (Surgeons in the Children’s Hospital in Belfast) to provide the rest of the evening’s entertainment! All shaping up to be the night of the year!

You’re working as part of a team to organise this event, how did this committee come together?

The committee is made up of anaesthetists, both trainees and consultants working together throughout various hospital sites in NI. The Northern Ireland Group of Anaesthetists in Training (NIGAT) and the Northern Ireland Society of Anaesthetists (NISA) are collaborating to support the event. Hopefully a big turnout from both trainees and consultants!

What do you hope your contributions will achieve?

We hope that our contributions will be able to help Lifebox’s aim of helping to provide safer surgery throughout the world. The work of Lifebox is perhaps unknown to some working in Northern Ireland and we are hoping that this event will help raise the charity’s profile – and who knows, maybe other fundraising events will come from this!