Group aims to cash in big for charity

A scene from the Morpeth Lions Club Casino Night in 2013.
A scene from the Morpeth Lions Club Casino Night in 2013.

ANOTHER entertaining evening of high stakes in aid of a good cause will take place in Morpeth.

Morpeth Lions Club’s Charity Casino Night at the Riverside Lodge in High Stanners will return on Saturday, February 22. This event aims to raise money for Grace House Children’s Hospice.

Last year, about 100 people went along to the venue and a total of £500 was raised for Alzheimer’s, polio and stroke charities.

As well as getting ‘funny money’ to gamble with, the £15 entry charge includes a free draw, supper and cabaret featuring local singers ‘Along came Lola’.

There will also be a raffle and the evening will finish with a blind auction.

Morpeth Lions President Geoff Bushell said: “Following last year’s successful event, the club is again indebted to the Riverside Lodge for agreeing to host it and Sunderland Lions Club, which is providing its expertise and equipment.

“Having visited the hospice premises, we were greatly impressed with its plans to provide bespoke care for the children (those with life-shortening conditions) and their families, covering the area from Berwick to Stockton.

“It is expected that the facility will be fully operational soon and I hope that the proceeds of our event will make a useful contribution.

“We aim to provide a fun evening that will hopefully leave our guests asking for it to become an annual event. The main aim, however, is that the charity will greatly benefit.”

Tickets are now available for the Charity Casino Night. Contact Simon Pringle on 01670 513169 or John Gray on 01670 518155.