Curry Night raises a fantastic £720 for St Catherine’s Hospice
An inaugural Curry Night attended by more than 80 people has raised an amazing £720 for St Catherine’s Hospice.
The evening – complete with entertainment, an auction and raffle – was the first joint fundraiser organised by the Royal Engineers Association (REA) with the Scots Guards Association in aid of the Lostock Hall charity.
David Waters, President of the REA Preston branch said: “We’ve fundraised for various national charities for many years, and have recently chosen to take a focus on supporting local charities as well, where we are able to see how the money raised has a positive effect in our local communities.
“The Curry Night was a huge success which we all really enjoyed; we received a lot of positive feedback and everyone agreed that it was a great way to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
“We were immensely grateful that DJ Ged Seddon and singer Eric Jones gave their time free of charge, which boosted the overall total raised! The event was supported by members, family and friends of our two associations as well as the Empire Services Club in Preston, where the event was held.”
REA is a national organisation with branches across the country, made up of engineer veterans such as builders, plumbers and electricians.
“We chose to support St Catherine’s as it holds such a special place in the community’s heart,” David added. “The hospice helps so many people and most of the members have had some personal connection with the charity, and wanted to give something back. They can’t praise the care their loved ones received enough, and wanted to show their appreciation by raising much-needed funds.”
Emily Carpenter, Community Engagement Officer at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be the beneficiary of this incredible donation, and are so grateful that the associations have gone to so much effort to help our charity. The Curry Night was a sell-out event and sounds like it was great fun!
“This generous donation will really make a difference to the local people we care for at the hospice and in people’s own homes. St Catherine’s provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care along with emotional and bereavement support to people and families affected by life-shortening illnesses.
“This important work wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of our communities, so I’d like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in the Curry Night. We look forward to working with the associations more in the future.”
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