Presentation of cheques to Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes at Enderby Social Club

Bank Holiday fun raises over £3,000 for two charities

Presentation of cheques to Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes at Enderby Social Club
l-r Kate Harrington (Help for Heroes), Alan Vere (Club President),
Ivan Ball MBE (DL&R Air Ambulance)

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Enderby & District Social Club held a fun weekend for its members and guests which raised over £3,000 for two charities.

During the three day extravaganza, many events were organised including a ten team ‘six-a-side’ football tournament and the now ubiquitous ‘pram race’  fun run around Enderby.

There was a children’s entertainment marquee, an arts and crafts fair, barbecues and a bouncy castle …and lots more.

On the evening of Thursday 31st July club members gathered at the Club on Coleridge Drive for the formal presentation of a cheque to each of the recipient charities.

A total of £3,136 (£1,568 for each charity) was raised by an army of members who helped run the 3 day event. Their effort was recognised by Club steward Bob Mackness who said a massive “well done” was due to all of them.

Addressing members in the room, Mr Mackness said:

“Members did exceptionally well this year, supporting the fun weekend. It was the third event of its kind in three years.

He went on to introduce Mr Ivan Ball of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Kate Harrington, a club member and passionate supporter of the charity “Help for Heroes”.

Reminding everyone of events on that May weekend, Mr Mackness continued:

“…it started off on the Saturday, if you remember, amidst torrential rain. As a result of the weather only three of the scheduled   ‘six-a-side’ football matches were played on the local Southey recreation ground as the pitch markings were washed away! Nevertheless, teams adjourned to the club to enjoy a few beers instead and the day, although wet, was deemed to have been a success.

The following day, outside the club, there was a bouncy castle and a children’s entertainer who kept kids happy in a ‘children’s marquee’.

Indoors there were a number of stalls and various competitions including darts, skittles, etc.  Again it was another successful day.

On the Bank Holiday Monday lots of local residents turned out to witness the pram race. Again, the weather wasn’t exactly helpful but despite that, everyone had a good time. “

Mr Mackness concluded by expressing thanks, on behalf of the Social Club Committee, to all the members, helpers and supporters without whom the club could not mount such an event.

The formal presentation then took place with Enderby & District Social Club President Alan Vere handing over a large facsimile cheque to each of the charity representatives.

For the Air Ambulance charity Mr Ivan Ball MBE said:

“Thank you indeed for the wonderful amount of money raised, especially in view of the weather. The Air Ambulance stall at the event did remarkably well despite having to move ‘inside’ under cover.

The Air Ambulance does not receive income from the Government, the NHS or The Lottery, so without the effort of  volunteers like yourselves there would be no Air Ambulance …it’s as simple as that.”

For “Help for Heroes” Kate Harrington said she had seen at first hand the work that Help for Heroes has done …and continues to do. She said:

“Their [Help for Heroes]  work, particularly with combat stress and getting these young men and women back into active life – or learning to live with their injuries, including the mental issues that accompany the physical disability, a fact often not fully understood by members of the general public.”

Ms.Harrington then went on to single out various individual members of the club for their efforts in making the fun-weekend ‘happen’ and to the larger numbers who supported the event.

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