Charity ball raises plenty of laughs

There were plenty of laughs at a charity ball to raise funds for The Stroke Association.

Thursday, 20th April 2017, 1:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:34 pm
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Hannah Payne, of Buckshaw Village, organised the black-tie event at Hallmark Hotel, in Leyland, as part of her fund-raising for the London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday.

Comedians Simon Lomas and Rick Carr had everyone in stitches as they performed a set each, while guests enjoyed their three-course meal.

Hannah, who was assisted by her husband Nic on the night, says: “The comedians Simon and Rick had everyone laughing. They were absolutely hilarious.

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Friends gather for the night

“They both did the event for free, as it was for charity, which was really kind of them.

“We had a raffle, with prizes such as a bottle of Prosecco from Tesco, a Boots gift set, PNE match tickets and vouchers for a beauty salon.

“We also had a bit of dancing and there was a free bar, which I think people enjoyed.

“Everyone was having fun and I got great feedback from my guests.

Organiser Hannah Payne and husband Nic

“The evening was a great success and we raised £600 for The Stroke Association, which was amazing.

“I wish to thank everyone for their support and everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.”

The 27-year-old, a healthcare assistant at Royal Preston Hospital, is now gearing up for the marathon, and she is hoping she can raise £2,000 for The Stroke Association.

She adds: “A couple of family members have had serious strokes, so it is a cause close to my heart.

Simon Foster and Maddie Reynolds

“It really is an amazing charity.

“It helps so many people get their lives back on track after a stroke and it raises so much awareness.

“My target is £2,000 and it is really important for me to do this and give the charity something back.

“The £600 from the black tie dinner will go a long way towards this target.

Friends gather for the night

“I have never run a marathon before and 26 miles is a long way.

“Trying to find time to train is difficult, as I don’t have a lot of time in between fund-raising, working and studying to be a nurse.

“I am a bit nervous but I will do my best.

“It is such an honour to even get a place for the marathon as it is very hard to do so.”

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Payne14 or text HPYN72 with an amount to 70070.

Organiser Hannah Payne and husband Nic
Simon Foster and Maddie Reynolds