Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Charity begins at home?!

With the Moonwalk under our belts it is fair to say the the Yorkshire Follies have been riding high since completing their first challenge. 

A marathon is no mean feat and we needed to celebrate our efforts.  What better than arrange a fundraising charity night to raise money for worthy causes but also to celebrate our achievement.  We decided on a local (to most of us) venue and had been to see Stuart and Lisa from the Constable Arms in Sproatley who were more than happy to help us out.  It was booked for the Friday after the Moonwalk, 18th May.

It never fails to amaze me how local people can pull together and we had had some terrific support from local business with raffle and tombola prizes coming out of our ears.  Thank you so much to everyone that donated prizes to us.

We decided on raffle, tombola and auction prizes for the night they were all cello wrapped and looking pretty and and we were set to go.

opening the show
With artists booked and balloons blown up off we went in the afternoon to set the equipment up and dress the tables ready for our celebration night. Everything was set, time to nip home for a quick shower to get back.  It promised to be a busy night so we wanted to get there early to get organised and seats near the stage area so as a team we could direct operations.

We had an amazing night and had friends come from far and wide to join in the celebrations and help us raise over £1500!! Not bad for a little country pub.  It just shows that if you pull together and arrange a good night anything can be achieved.

I'd just like to say thank you so much to our artists for the night Corrine and Molly from Stagestuk and to Eric Richards for helping make it a night to remember.  They all did amazingly and even brought some of the crowd to tears with the fantastic entertainment they showed.  I can't remember the last time I saw Constable Arms rocking like that and I look forward to the next one.  Who knows I might even book myself a gig in there :)

Here are a few shots of a small number of the people that were there and the Follies on the night.

  Thank you all so much for making it a very special night.
Jayne and Lesley
some of the follies and Malcom
me with Chris Fullard
one of our top fundraisers
Andy and Lisa Redhead xxx
Katy with Nana Momo

Fitness Pete and Special Kay xxx
Christine and Malcom
our Fringe Follies

Some of Jane Sturdys 'Mums'

Jane and Rachel

Terrie and 'Bonny face' Cathy xxx
John and Tracey

The next challenge is the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k taking place on June 3rd. 

Five of the Follies - myself, Ray, Katy, Annmarie and Jaye Beck will be completing it with our Fillie Follies Elisha, Molly, Kalem and Benjamin taking part in the Junior and mini runs.

As for charity nights, our next one is already booked and preparations are well underway.  It will be held at Ryder Club on Coltman Street on October 5th.  We'd all like to get a bit dressed up for this one so black tie is optional,  we look forward to seeing you there.


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