Press Release – Funding success rides high at The Grey Horse

Press Release – Funding success rides high at The Grey Horse

Picture caption: Back row (l-r) David HarropLearning for Life trustee, Marie MatthewsonLearning for Life Principal, Joe McElderryLearning for Life apprentice and Keith Bellparent and fundraiser.  Front row (l-r) Nathan Harrop –Learning for Life student receives the cheque from The Grey Horse barmaid, Karen Dickinson.

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Anyone interested in making a donation or thinking
of doing some fundraising for the Learning for Life mini-bus appeal should
ring: 01207 508323.

Bar staff and patrons of The Grey Horse on Sherburn Terrace, Consett, have recently raised over £2,000 for Learning for Life, a bespoke College for adults with special needs, based in Consett.

The money that was raised from the raffle of culinary delights, prizes, a ‘beer belly run’ and a lottery-type bonus ball draw, was presented to Nathan Harrop,
a student at Learning for Life by a cheque presentation from barmaid, Karen Dickinson.  All the proceeds from the fundraising will go towards the College’s worthy minibus appeal.

Nathan’s father, David Harrop, who is also a Trustee, said, “This money will actually change young peoples’ lives – as it will give them access to a specially-adapted vehicle, which will allow them to access the community.  Everyone wants what’s best for their children and that applies to parents of children with special needs too’.

Patrons of the pub as well as their families have been so generous with their time and their money, as they purchased raffle tickets for such amazing prizes as a light aircraft flight experience over the Lake District and a driving circuit experience amongst others; many of the prizes were donated by patrons themselves.

Keith Bell, who has two daughters at the College, donated one of the many fantastic prizes and said,
“I thought I would start the fundraising appeal as young people like my daughters, Stephanie and Andrea, who are wheelchair users, would really benefit from a brand new minibus.  I never realized it would have been so well supported and successful!”

One of the main events: the Beer Belly Run held on 27th August, which was organised by Ian Pratt, was very well attended during and afterwards, with a buffet and live music in The Grey Horse.  Everyone had a fabulous time and some patrons even found themselves dancing on the tables at the end of the night…

Karen Dickinson, barmaid at The Grey Horse, said,
“I’ve done a lot of fundraising since I was 15-years-old, but this has been amazing.  To see a community come together in such a supportive way is terrific. I started out with a collection box and it amassed £400 and it just spiraled from there, until we had raised over £2,000! The raffles of Lesley Stephenson’s delicious pies and cakes were eagerly looked forward to every Friday evening and everyone has been so supportive in getting involved and raising funds. It’s a great local achievement!”

Marie Matthewson, Principal of Learning for Life, said, “These wonderful fundraising activities just goes to prove what local people can do to make a difference to the lives of the people and families in their community.  We are so very grateful for all of the efforts that has gone into raising this money, which will contribute towards our mini-bus appeal.  It’s been absolutely fantastic – thank you so much!”

Joseph McElderry, a former volunteer and now an apprentice at the college, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the generous donations and said,
“We really can’t thank you all enough”.