Lady Taverners’ lunch raises £4,574

Angela Wilson, Laura Collins and Jackie Webley

Angela Wilson, Laura Collins and Jackie Webley - Credit: Archant

A total of £4,574 was raised at the 12th anniversary seaside charity lunch organised by the Kent and East Sussex Lady Taverners at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel.

Melanie Adams and Jackie Webley

Melanie Adams and Jackie Webley - Credit: Archant

Actor Chris Ellison, famous for his role in television’s The Bill, was special guest at the lunch which attracted 151 ladies and businesswomen from the town and surrounding area.

Lisa Pickard, Sarah Lawler and Sue Collingwood

Lisa Pickard, Sarah Lawler and Sue Collingwood - Credit: Archant

Linda Veness, Chris Ellison and Karita Colvin

Linda Veness, Chris Ellison and Karita Colvin - Credit: Archant

The event got off to a sparkling start with a drinks reception on the hotel lawn and the lunch featured a fun raffle with tickets hidden inside balloons and a performance by the Bootleg Bee Gees, which had everyone dancing by their tables.

Lady Taverners committee members

Lady Taverners committee members - Credit: Archant

Jackie Webley and Chris Ellison

Jackie Webley and Chris Ellison - Credit: Archant

Laura Collins, Chairman of the Kent and Sussex Region, welcomed guests and said: “From small beginnings 12 years ago the seaside lunch has grown to become one of our major fundraising events and we are always grateful for the support we have received over the years. The focus has always been raising money whilst having fun, and once again the lunch was a great success and the money raised will go a very long way to supporting our aims.”

Gemma Jones and Caroline Godfrey

Gemma Jones and Caroline Godfrey - Credit: Archant

Eastbourne Motoring Centre

Eastbourne Motoring Centre - Credit: Archant

She also thanked Eastbourne-based wine merchants HT White & Co., jewellers W Bruford, the Eastbourne Ladies Circle, who sponsored the event, the team from the Grand Hotel and local companies that donated more than 20 prizes for the raffle.

The Lady Taverners is the fundraising arm of the sporting charity and club the Lord’s Taverners. Whilst the Lord’s Taverners is famous for its 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.

Founded in 1987, over the years the Lady Taverners has raised more than £12 million and built up a network of 25 regions with nearly 1,000 members throughout the UK.

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