Thousands of pounds raised for children at Variety lunch

Published on: 28 May 2016

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THESE lovely ladies have just raised thousands of pounds to help disadvantaged children in the region.
A total of 115 women, many from the Downend area, took part in a charity lunch at Bristol’s Bordeaux Quay in aid of south west arm of the children’s charity Variety.
During the sell-out event a total of £2,952 was raised which will go towards buying a ‘Sunshine’ coach so underprivileged children in the South West can go on day trips and outings.
The event, on Sunday May 13, was organised by three women from Downend - Jan St George, Julie Houselander and Tracy Hook. They were helped by Variety vice chairwoman, Anne Keen Arnold, from Kingswood, and compère for the day, Phil Charles.
Throughout the four-hour lunch ladies took part in a fun royal quiz, bingo, name the bear and roll the pound.
An auction and raffle which included some impressive prizes also helped to boost the coffers.
The fundraising drive is being supported by charity stalwart and Downend resident Dave Hook, who is well known in the area for his Rod Stewart tribute act.
Dave has raised more than £40,000 for Variety in the past 10 years and was recently honoured for his work when he received a special Ambassador’s award from the charity.
Tracy Hook said: “There were so many people who gave their time to help and support the event.
“We’ve not done a lunch on that scale before and it’s proved to be the most successful ever. It was full on for the four hours but it was a great success. To raise just £48 short of £3,000 was way above our expectations. The ladies were so supportive and generous.
“The money raised will go towards the sunshine coach which will benefit many disadvantaged and underprivileged children in our region.
“It will give them the opportunity of a day out at the seaside or the chance to attend a football match or visit a theme park. Most importantly, the children will be left with memory of this which they can cherish forever.
“One of the ladies who attended the lunch said her fondest memory from her childhood was attending trips on the Variety sunshine coach and said that this memory will always stay with her.”

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