Music lovers raised an amazing £1,400 to help disabled children when they came together for a recent open mic night at The Ace of Diamonds Country and Western Club in Sidcup, Kent.
The event held at Footscray Social Club in Cray Road on October 18 saw a variety of musicians turn up to play all genres of music from rock n roll to country – creating a great atmosphere for everyone who attended.
The night also included an auction and a raffle to help raise money for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – the named charity of the year for The Ace of Diamonds Country and Western Club.
Pauline Hand, who runs the club, said: “It was a brilliant night. We were very happy with how it went. We support a different charity each year – but I think this is the most money we have ever raised.”
Newlife is the UK’s leading children’s disability charity specialising in support to aid children affected by all disabilities.
Newlife’s Deputy Community Fundraising Manager Philippa Gregory said: “We can’t thank Pauline and Gordon who run the Ace of Diamonds Country and Western Club enough for having us as their named charity this year – raising both funds and awareness on our behalf. We would also like to thank everyone who attended as all the money raised will go to help fund vital equipment for children in Kent.”
Demand for Newlife’s range of practical support services is increasing as statutory budgets around the UK suffer further cuts. Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “As a charity we are looking increasingly to ‘local heroes’ to help us help children in individual counties – and Newlife guarantees that 100 per cent of all monies donated or fundraised in Kent can be ring-fenced to provide essential equipment for disabled and terminally ill children in the county.”
Anyone who would like to support Newlife can choose to take on a sponsored sporting challenge, host a coffee morning or cake sale, make and sell handcrafted goods, organise a pub quiz or community car wash, hold a sponsored silence or even stage an evening of entertainment. However you would like to help raise money to fund vital equipment for children in your area, the Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on 0800 988 4640 (free from a UK landline).
Any individual or organisation thinking of running a fundraising event is asked to contact the team, who can offer support and guidance.
Pictured: Gordon & Pauline of the Ace of Diamonds Country and Western Club
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