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Fun evening raises hundreds for local charities
Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ 07:30 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

A fun evening at Windy Harbour has raised £800 in aid of two local charities.

Called ‘Retreat with the stars’, the event managed to raise £400 each for Reuben’s Retreat and Mummy’s Star as around 50 people packed into the Woodhead Road restaurant and hotel on the night.

Pianist Rachel Steadman played the keyboard as guests enjoyed a glass of prosecco on arrival.

There was a DJ playing throughout and former X Factor singer Olivia Garcia also performed.

A hot and cold buffet kept guests well fed and there were guest speakers from both charities, as well as a raffle and auction with prizes donated by local people and businesses.

Lee Johnson, the owner of Windy Harbour, said: “It went very well and we’ve had lots of positive feedback from people who said how much they enjoyed the night.

“We wanted to do something to raise money for the charities which we chose mainly because they are local. My cousin was diagnosed with bowel cancer recently, which was another reason why the charities are so important to us.

“It’s not just me – the team at Windy Harbour were fantastic on the night and worked very hard.

“The money raised came from ticket sales and raffle tickets. We were pleased to raise a good amount for both charities.”

Reuben’s Retreat, based on Park Crescent in Glossop, was founded in memory of Reuben Graham by his mother Nicola to support children who have a life limiting and/or life threatening illness and their immediate family, as well as parents and siblings who have lost a child.

Hadfield-based Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy.

Windy Harbour would like to thank everyone who came along on the night and donated prizes for the raffle and auction.

They also plan to hold another charity fundraising night this year but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.


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Fundraising fun: Lee Johnson (centre), owner of Windy Harbour, presents cheques of £400 to Sally Anne Jones of Reuben’s Retreat (left) and Tracey Derbyshire from Mummy’s Star (right)