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Picnickers’ boost for medical charity

Picnic in the park...committee members Graham Johnson, Clare Robertson-Smith, president Hugh Robertson-Smith, Elaine Turner and vice president John Turner in the grounds of Misterton Hall. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001381-63)

Picnic in the park...committee members Graham Johnson, Clare Robertson-Smith, president Hugh Robertson-Smith, Elaine Turner and vice president John Turner in the grounds of Misterton Hall. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001381-63)

A CHARITY which sends doctors and nurses to treat people in some of the most desperate parts of Africa benefited from an auction at Misterton Hall on Sunday.

The event, which was organised by the Rotary Club of Lutterworth, was attended by almost 100 people who enjoyed glorious weather and live music throughout the afternoon.

Graham Johnson, fundraising chairman at the club, said the day had been a huge success.

He added: “It was a very nice day. People had been asked to bring along their own picnics and they were entertained by music from Brass, Wind and Fire, who played a lot of big band music by the likes of Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra, as well as some more modern music.

“The weather was unbelievable and there was a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there was an opportunity for them to have a walk around the gardens at the hall afterwards.”

Mr Johnson said an auction of promises on the day helped raise a little over £1,000 for the French charity Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, which sends medical staff to poor countries in Africa to help with treatments.

He added: “The auction included a number of promises like help to set up a website, two hours of gardening work, a dinner party for ten people, and 4x4 off-road driving at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.

“We also raised about £500 from ticket sales on the gate which is being donated to a number of Rotary charities in the local area.

“There may be other similar events organised at the hall in future years.”

Mr Johnson said a special thank you to Michael Grindal, who performed the auctioneer’s role on the day.

He also thanked Heather Craven of Misterton Hall, who had given permission for the event to be held.

 

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