Record £13,000 raised at Rushden fun day

Pictures by Alison Bagley
Pictures by Alison Bagley

More than £13,000 was raised at a family fun day in Rushden at the weekend.

The Funfest, at Rushden & Higham Rugby Club, took the form of an It’s A Knockout-style afternoon of fun and games and saw 22 teams compete while raising money for Serve, Cera and Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Pictures by Alison Bagley

Pictures by Alison Bagley

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele, Rushden Round Table and the hospice.

One of the organisers, Judy Webb, said: “This year saw 22 teams competing in fun races over inflatable obstacles involving lots of soap suds and water, and was won for the third year by Stephens Haulage of Hitchin.

“The winning trophy and medals were presented by mayor of Rushden Barbara Jenney and her consort David Jenney.

“As well as providing fun for the competitors, there was plenty to keep the spectators amused too, including children’s amusements, trade and charity stalls, food outlets, and a very busy bar provided by the rugby club.

Pictures by Alison Bagley

Pictures by Alison Bagley

“Beneficiaries of this event will be Serve, which provides assistance to local elderly and disabled adults, encouraging people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible while at the same time promoting health and wellbeing through a diverse range of supporting activites; Cera, the Central England Rehabilitation Unit, a national centre of excellence offering neuro rehabilitation services for patients recovering from head trauma injuries; and Cynthia Spencer Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for people diagnosed with life-limiting and terminal illnesses and their families.

“To date, the amount raised for this year’s event is about £13,000, with more sponsorship still to come in.

“This is a record, and the organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the event in any way, be it sponsors, donors, advertisers, competitors, tradestall holders, spectators and all who helped to raise such a fabulous amount by purchasing raffle tickets, or sponsoring their friends in the competition.”

Anyone wishing to participate in next year’s event can e-mail judy.rotary@yahoo.com.

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