Pals swap boots for high heels

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A PAIR of Morpeth pals have swapped their hiking boots for high heels to raise vital cash for child cancer research, writes Gordon Wilkinson.

Sandra Davidson and Edith Sanderson worked up a sweat in their last fund-raising challenge when they hiked to the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru.

But it will be all dickie bows and glamorous dresses when they step out at their glittering Gladrags Ball on Saturday, May 21, from 7pm.

They have teamed up with friend Louise Currie to stage the event to match the £5,000 that they raised in the Andes.

The initial tickets have sold out and many people from the area have chipped in with sponsorship cash and prizes.

Morpeth Rugby Club is providing the venue and top local rock band Scratch, plus mobile disco star John Beynon, are performing free of charge.

Businessman Paul Mitford is not only bankrolling the sumptuous banquet, he is actually going to cook it himself.

However, Longhirst’s Harry Robinson has requested that eggs not be on the menu having just eaten 15 of them (hard-boiled) in six minutes to raise £60 for the kitty.

The prizes include a £500 holiday and scores of luxury items donated by individuals, businesses and pubs in the town for the raffle and auction in aid of the children’s cancer ward at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

“The more prizes and gifts we receive, the more money we will raise for this thoroughly deserving cause, so any offers will be gratefully received,” said Sandra.

“The event is sold out but we could actually squeeze a few more in if we have advance notice. Apart from that we hope to provide a wonderful night out for the guests and give the ladies the chance to wear their poshest frocks.”

People wanting to donate prizes or get one of the precious last minute tickets can contact Sandra on 077021 97174.