A TOTAL of £5,800 was raised at the 10th anniversary seaside charity lunch organised by the Kent & East Sussex Lady Taverners at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel.
The event was a sell-out attracting a record number of 208 ladies and businesswomen from the town and surrounding are.
It got off to a sparkling start with a Champagne reception on the hotel lawn.
Laura Collins, chairman of the Kent & Sussex Region, welcomed everyone and said, “When we organised the first lunch we were not sure whether to go ahead as we only had 40 on the list but the hotel said we should.
“In the end it went really well and over the years the lunch has grown to become the major event it is today with the focus on raising money and having fun.”
She thanked event sponsor, local resident Stephanie Taylor, and Eastbourne-based wine merchants HT White & Co., who supported the drinks reception, and local companies that donated prizes for the raffle.
The Lady Taverners is the fundraising arm of the sporting charity and club the Lord’s Taverners.
While the Taverners are famous for charitable giving to cricket the ladies’ section focuses on fundraising for specially adapted minibuses and sport and recreation facilities for young people with special needs.
Master of Ceremonies Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan got the lunch underway with games and a raffle and afterwards local dance teacher Sarah Black got everyone on their feet and hosted a salsa class.
Laura said, “Being the 10th anniversary lunch it was a very special event and once again combined good food, company, hospitality and friendship. From small beginnings we are very pleased to have made our seaside lunch at the Grand Hotel a regular event in our fundraising calendar and this year’s event was a huge success and the money raised will go a very long way to supporting our aims.”
Founded in 1987, over the years the Lady Taverners has raised more than 12 million and built up a network of 19 regions with nearly 1,000 members throughout the UK.