The family of a father-of-four who died of a rare form of cancer are staging a high profile charity event to raise £10,000 in his memory.
Relatives of Amarjit Singh Bassan will be holding a gala as a centre piece of their efforts to raise vital funds for the charity Cancer Research UK.
Amarjit, from Gants Hill, was diagnosed in 2004 with pseudomyxoma peritonei, an aggressive and rare form of cancer that compresses the internal organs.
Mr Bassan’s two year battle with the illness- which affects one in 500,000 people in the UK- came to an end in May 2006 when he died aged 51.
To pay tribute to his life and raise cancer awareness in the local community his wife Sukhbinder and children are staging a spectacular fund raising Dinner and Dance at the PentHouse in Ilford.
The event, which is being staged on Saturday March 10, features high profile dignitaries and media personalities including BBC Radio One and BBC Asian Network DJ Nihal.
Acclaimed music producer Mentor, who has worked with a string of A-list artists including Timberland, Craig David and Nitin Sawhney, will also be performing with his group Mentor Kolektiv.
Guests have the chance to dig deep and raise further funds on the night by taking part in a charity raffle and win prizes including a £1000 TV, a meal for two at a top London restaurant, vouchers for a pampering session at an exclusive Hair Salon and a £300 Deluxe homeware hamper.
Speaking of her father’s brave battle with cancer, his daughter Nina Bassan, said: “He really was the light and inspiration in all our lives. He never dwelled on his illness and remained positive right till the end.
“My dad was a real fighter when it came to dealing with the cancer. He was also an incredibly warm and loving person who thought nothing of giving up his time, even on Christmas and New Years Day, to help those less fortunate.
“If he wasn’t with the family you would find him helping out at the Crisis Charity Shelter. He would always tell my mum, brother and sisters not to forget those that needed help in life.”
Nina added: “It’s really important to all of us to make this a huge success and get the whole community involved because Cancer is something that affects people of all races, ages and cultures.
No-one is immune to it, so we all need to become more educated about it and do what we can to help charities like Cancer Research UK continue their vital research work. I would urge anyone reading this to dig deep and help us reach our target of £10,000.
“This event is something our dad would have been proud of us for doing and would want us to do.”
Tickets for the evening fundraiser cost £35 and included a three course meal and entertainment with all proceeds going towards the £10,000 charity target for Cancer Research UK.
Donations to reach the £10,000 target can also be made on-line by visiting:
To buy tickets for the event, sponsor a table or for further information contact Nina Bassan on 07903 155 402.