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Casino Royale Raises £400,000 for MMT's New Mission

On Saturday 29th November, 250 MMT supporters and celebrity guests including; Angela Rippon, Christopher Biggins and Martin Bayfield placed bids for 14 rare, unique and exclusive items including the very Prada dress and Gina shoes worn by Quantum of Solace beauty Olga Kurylenko, donated by the movie's producer Barbara Broccoli, and a limited edition Omega watch as worn by Daniel Craig.  Together these items alone raised £7,000

Additional items auctioned included;a stunning diamond valued at £20,000 donated by Edinburgh's expert jeweller Michael Laing of Laing The Jeweller which reached £24,000, a further dress designed by Jenny Packham (designer of the Casino Royale dress) which was sold for £4,500, the chance to train with triple gold Olympic medal winner Chris Hoy which raised £5,500 and no less than 20 designer handbags packed full with luxury beauty products, the most desirable of which raised £7,000 at silent auction.

An additional 31 luxury prizes were won by guests in our after-dinner casino.

On the night Ann Maxwell said, "Difficult epilepsy in children is a complex condition that transcends health, education and welfare needs.  Our paediatric neurologists do their very best but there is little or no back up from social services or educational psychology.  No one has taken the time to properly assess the problem and identify the real and desperate needs of those children and their families. 

Our Assessment Service, which will be launched in Scotland imminently and our plan to build a Paediatric Epilepsy and Respite Care Centre is our most exciting project since the Trust began.  The impact of severe childhood epilepsy has a profound and devastating effect that can be unmanageable.  Understanding and meeting these needs is essential if the difference we are making is to be for the long term.  This Service is vital and the Paediatric Epilepsy and Respite Care Centre will be the icing on the cake."

In time, MMT aims to extend the Assessment Service to the rest of the UK and consider the possibility of additional care centres. In the meantime, MMT remains committed to providing practical support to children with epilepsy and their families throughout the UK.

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