A charity has toasted its biggest ever fundraiser after a glitzy bash featuring ex-England captain Alan Shearer raised more than £20,000.
Northamptonshire-based Down’s Syndrome charity Ups ‘n’ Downs organised a football fundraiser featuring the Newcastle United legend and ex-Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie in March, with both entertaining guests with stories.
Charity chairman Tom Rees said: “The pundits night surpassed all our expectations.
“Since we started I have been amazed by the generosity of people but to raise just under £23,000 was sensational.
“Having Alan Shearer come to the event was brilliant, and seeing the effect he has on people was amazing.”
The charity gave half the money raised to the Down’s Syndrome Association, who helped out Ups’ ’n’ Downs when it started in the county five years ago.
Guests were treated to a three-course meal before the pundits were interviewed by Sky Sports News presenter Matt Lorenzo.
Ups ‘n’ Downs was formed in 2006 by four families as a support network for parents whose children have Down’s Syndrome.
Its members meet up regularly at the Wacky Warehouse in Rushden and the charity aims to raise awareness of the condition as well as providing specialist events and information.
Mr Rees added: “While it is brilliant to raise money, these events also raise awareness of the group, which is also important.”
The group’s next fundraiser will be a beer festival at the Red Lion in Cranford from Friday, June 2, to Monday, June 4.