Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fantastic race night raises over £900!

As part of our fundraising effort, we decided a few months ago that we'd hold a race night, something which Jon's wife Kate did very successfully to raise money for Action Duchenne a couple of years ago. That had been a great night, but could we repeat it?

So we booked the same pub, The Forest Inn in Ashurst (lovely pub at the other quieter end of Ashurst than the two big, more commercial pubs - and they serve Doombar!!! Extra gold stars!), and we booked the Race Night chap, Colin, to come and run the evening.

Ticket sales seemed slow, but Kate kept saying not to worry, and she was absolutely right.

Between Kate, Miche and Becky they drummed up over 60 raffle prizes and two Saints FC items for auction - a chair embroidered with the club crest, and a signed football - which raised £70 between them. Raffle sorted, attendees sorted, all that was left was to hope for a good evening.

Personally, it surpassed my high expectations, it was an excellent evening. We sold almost £400 of raffle tickets on the night and, with ticket sales (£5 pp including a free bet and a raffle ticket), the auction and our share of the takings from the Race Night itself, we raised an extraordinary £910.20!!!!

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us.

This now brings our official total (see our embedded Just Giving total on the right of this page for the lastest) up to £3,586.20 which is 71% of our £5k total, but with pledges from our employers and others, plus the fact that none of us has asked for sponsorship from our families yet, we are certain to hit our target.

So job done in terms of the fundraising, although we will keep going to as high a total as possible, now we've just got to get ourselves back into training for the Channel crossing.

Starting today, with 20+ miles.....


  1. Well done for being up so early to update on last nights BRILLIANT night Charlie, you couldn't have had that much sleep and a 20+ kayak today on top!
    So proud of you all.
    Love Lyn {Jon's Mum} x

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Lyn! Unfortunately we didn't make 20 miles today, conditions were fairly rough and very windy, but it certainly felt like 20 miles. Shows how well the kayaks performed in rough water though. Another big paddle planned for Tuesday night!