Feast of fund-raising with a taste of the East

(L-R) Simon Shek, Lion David Armstrong, Janice Liu, Lion President Simon Pringle & Lion Les Sage at the Mulan Restaurant.
(L-R) Simon Shek, Lion David Armstrong, Janice Liu, Lion President Simon Pringle & Lion Les Sage at the Mulan Restaurant.
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Morpeth Lions Club

AT what is becoming an annual fixture, a total of 170 guests sat down to enjoy the Morpeth Lions Club Chinese Charity Banquet at the Mulan Restaurant in Morpeth over two successive Mondays.

This event started just after the 2008 floods that had affected the recently opened restaurant. In a gesture of sympathy for all those more drastically affected, the owner Kevin Liu allowed two fund-raising banquets to take place, which raised over £2,000.

Lightning struck again this year when, after the first banquet, Morpeth experienced further flooding. The Mulan staff, however, rose to the occasion and were open in time for the second event.

Over the years, the Lions Club has been able to hold banquets to raise funds for its many Christmas activities that cost over £4,000.

Such is the popularity of the evenings that organisers Lions David Armstrong and Les Sage had little difficulty in selling the tickets this year.

In addition, a magnificent array of raffle prizes was donated by mainly local businesses and an auction was held for a car service voucher from T Thompson and Sons.

Lions David and Les said: “On behalf of Morpeth Lions Club, we thank everyone who has been involved in this wonderful evening – our guests for supporting us, Mulan and its staff for the excellent food and service, and all the businesses who so generously donated prizes.

“The £1,700 raised will help our club provide some special extras at Christmas for many of those less fortunate in our community.”