Two bridge drives held in Leicestershire on October 14 have raised thousands of pounds for cure4charley!
Charley’s mother in law, Andrea Grindley, held the afternoon and evening events, which included Chicago bridge, a lavish meal and a grand auction, with superb holidays making up some of the prizes donated by friends and family.
The afternoon Bridge4Charley was attended by 44 bridge players who made up 11 tables and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, chocolate biscuits and cake. The good chatter and great atmosphere raised £175 in the raffle, but it was just a taster of the great things to come later that evening.
This time another 44 players came to enjoy home-made Chicken Marengo, new potatoes and vegetables, deliciously chocolatey puddings, pavlovas, fruit pies and trifle – all of which disappeared very, very fast!
Then began the bridge and auction, with Peter Bruning giving a marvellous performance as auctioneer. Organisers were blown away by the generosity of the people on the night and in total the bids alone raised exactly £2,000.
Andrea said she was delighted by what a success both events were – in no small part down to the massive support of the local residents involved in the organisation, particularly Jane Harvison, Emily Carr, David Mills and Peter Bruning.
After donations and everything else was added up, Bridge4Charley raised an amazing grand total of £3,740!
Andrea added: “I could not have done it without the tremendous help and support from so many lovely kind people in Billesdon, Leicestershire. We’ve only been here four years, but it really is home.”