All profits from this year’s ball will go toward Rusfond UK (England and Wales registered charity No. 1151840).

Incorporated in January 2013, the primary objective is to help children from Russia access life-saving medical care in the UK for treatment of life-threatening diseases.

This year raised funds will go toward treatment of Polya Prokhorova, 9 years old, who has congenital underdevelopment of the spine and incontinence; an operation is needed of which the cost is £ 78,349.

“Our daughter was born with a serious malformation – an underdevelopment of the spine in the sacrum and the tailbone is missing; out of five sacral vertebrae only one developed. Doctors have told us that Polya would not be able to walk since she has no reflexes in her legs and that because of a lack of sensitivity in her pelvis she would have to spend her entire life in nappies and that the likelihood was very high that she would just vegetate.”

“We, as a family, have not made peace with the verdict and our live has turned into a fight to become ‘normal’. Polya has undergone numerous treatments of the most diverse kind in many hospitals. At home I practically wore her out with massages and physiotherapy. Effectively Polya started to be able to turn, sit and she eventually started to walk. To be completely honest her right leg is slightly shorter than her left one-and that is why she limps. My daughter is a fighter, she is capable of enduring a lot and she has strong will power. She is a straight A’s student. But it turns out that it has been easier for her to learn how to walk than it is to correct her pelvic organs.”

“There was a time when everything was fine; during the day time there were no problems, but then it got bad. Constant infections of the urinary tract took their toll on us. We’ve done as much as we could and our financial means are depleted now. But alas! When we saw a report on television about how you helped a child with the same symptoms, we decided immediately that we needed to act. We have had a consultation in Moscow with Professor Imran Mushtaq, and he agreed to operate on Polya. Please help her to be admitted to the clinic and by it to cure her.” Yevgeniya Prokhorova, Nizhnegorodskaya Oblast