October 2010 Hilton
Stansted Hilton to host black tie ball in memory of Lee Borman
Lee Borman

Lee Borham was diagnosed with Sarcoma – a rare form of cancer – shortly after he married his wife Sharlene in 2007. Despite the efforts of medical staff at University College London Hospital (UCLH), and his never-ending optimism,
he lost fight for life in January 2010 at the age of 36.

Lee, from Takeley in Essex, was an inspiration to all who knew him. Nicola Smith and Jane Amott, who had been friends of his since childhood, hope to raise £20,000 for the Sarcoma Cancer unit at the UCLH, which is one of the largest in Europe.

All the money they raise will go directly to the Unit to:

  • help fund clinical trials
  • research ways to reduce chemotherapy side effects in patients
  • understand the biology of Sarcoma and
  • improve both the treatment responses and outcomes for young people with Sarcoma.

"We can't think of a better way to help others like Lee" said Nicola. "We are dedicating our time and some money to plan a charity evening ball in Lee's Memory, with a three-course dinner, entertainment and a disco and with an auction to raise more money. We’ve even got a Mini!"

And we have to thank all of Lee’s friends who have helped us with the organisation, without whom we wouldn’t have managed to get the event off the ground."

Sarcoma Team

What is Sarcoma?
Beatrice Seddon, consultant clinical oncologist at UCLH, says: "Most Sarcomas arise in soft tissue, with 2,000 cases in the UK being diagnosed each year. Bone Sarcomas are even less common, with just 400 new cases in the UK each year. The fact that this form of cancer is rare means that it attracts less research funding from the major cancer charities, so every penny is important. We are so grateful to Nicola and Jane for all their efforts - and I’m really looking forward to the ball!"