Children benefit from film-themed fundraiser

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More than £2,000 has been handed out to good causes by a Wellingborough charity at a special Oscar-themed charity fundraiser.

The Wellingborough Branch of Shree Prajapati Association UK (SPA) held their annual event on Saturday, November 3, in the Ruby Lounge at Diana’s Health Club in the town, with guests encouraged to come dressed as film stars.

More than 150 people attended the ceremony, a culmination of a year’s hard work fundraising which has included the Waendel Walk, a religious event and a number of other activities.

Cheques for £1,001 each were presented to Kettering General Hospital’s special baby care unit and the Teenage Cancer Trust. A further £800 was raised during the evening, which will be used for next year’s chosen charities.

Sat Mistry, a committee member at the association, said the small nature of the Wellingborough branch of the SPA did not stop it being ambitious.

He added: “In the last 8 years, we have supported numerous local, national and international charities which have resulted in nearly £22,000 in donations and this year the committee decided to support charities for children.

“Every November we hold a charity fundraiser to present the money and also give an opportunity for all of the volunteers and community to let their hair down. The fundraising evenings are always a themed event.

“This year we had A Night at the Oscars which has probably been our most successful and enjoyable event. We have already started planning next year’s fundraising party.”