MORPETH LIONS CLUB
Monte Carlo came to Morpeth again when Morpeth Lions Club welcomed 80 guests to its third Charity Casino Night at Riverside Lodge.
The event enabled the club to donate £1,000 to the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care charity. Volunteers from the charity, together with its founder Brian Burnie, made up an enthusiastic table.
The charity provides accompanied transport to hospital for cancer patents throughout the region.
As well as getting ‘funny money’ to gamble with, the £15 entry charge included a free draw, supper and cabaret featuring local singer Along came Lola. The evening finished with a Blind Auction.
Morpeth Lions Club President Stuart Lewis said: “Following last year’s success and a presentation by Brian Burnie it was decided that Daft as a Brush was an ideal recipient for funds raised this year.
We raised a wonderful sum for this very worthwhile charity.Stuart Lewis, Morpeth Lions Club President
“Additionally, one of our members, John Gray, and his wife Anne, are volunteers with the charity.
“The club is indebted to Riverside Lodge for agreeing to host the event and to Sunderland Lions Club who provided their expertise and equipment. In addition, our thanks go to the many local businesses who provided raffle and blind auction prizes.
“Our aim to provide a fun evening must have worked as our guests asked for it to become an annual event. Very importantly, we raised a wonderful sum for this very worthwhile charity.”
When thanking the Lions for the donation, Brian Burnie explained that it costs the charity £100,000 a year for petrol costs alone, and that it is reliant on the donations of many local individuals and organisations.