CELEBRATING true Lincolnshire fayre has raised more than £1,500 for charity.
The seventh annual Lincolnshire Charity Dinner, organised by the Rotary Club of Market Rasen, saw more than 70 guests tuck into a meal of fine Lincolnshire Red beef, supplied by Sunnyside Up, and cooked to perfection by Alison Lacy of Kirton in Lindsey, and ending with a range of cheeses from Cote Hill farm at Osgodby.
Guests at the sell-out event were entertained by Joe Cooke MBE, with tales from his origins in Jarrow, his army days, and his subsequent and current role as the City of Lincoln Mayor’s Officer.
He also covered his role as champion of the Nomad Trust, a homeless charity in Lincoln.
John Scarborough from Tealby, who is leading a charity ‘Across Lines’ which is building a health centre and two ward hospital in a rural area of Uganda was also present.
The evening including a raffle, raised in excess of £700, and from the total, cheques were presented to Joe for the Nomad Trust, and to John to continue the work in Uganda. The remainder of the money will be sent to Shelter Box, a Rotary charity which the Market Rasen group frequently supports.
A further £880 was raised through an auction - including lots such as a helicopter experience with Heliyorks, a weekend of luxury driving an Audi of choice from Lincoln Audi, a flight in a microlite aircraft, from local pilot, Simon Spring; a round of golf for 4, courtesy of the Market Rasen Golf Club, and another at Kenwick Park, kindly donated by Lincolnshire Motors; use of a limousine from Swish Cars of Caistor and a complete car valet from Graham Davis Commercials of Laceby.
These funds will go to the world wide Rotary Foundation Charity, which supports projects all around the world, including local projects and the final stages of ridding the world of Polio.