Race night odds on to help cause

Hospice gets £1k boost

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CUS­TOMERS and bar work­ers at a Ruis­lip pub raised more than £1,000 in a night for a cause close to their hearts.

Siob­han Row­lands, bar­maid at The Wood­man, wanted to raise the funds for Shoot­ing Star Chase chil­dren’s hospice, be­cause of the care it has pro­vided her 23-month-old daugh­ter Lexi.

Lexi suf­fered se­vere brain dam­age dur­ing birth, which means she can­not move her body and also has epilepsy. She needs 24hour mon­i­tor­ing, even when she is asleep.

“Shoot­ing Star is the only respite from care that we get as par­ents,” Siob­han said.

“And Lexi loves go­ing there. It is such a nice place and it makes her re­ally happy to be there.

“We were in hos­pi­tal for six months, and we had to have all the train­ing to be able to look after her be­fore we came home.

“With­out Shoot­ing Star we would never get a break.”

With the support of land­lords Teresa Ju­niper and Chris Os­born, she set up a race night at the pub, in Break­s­pear Road, Ruis­lip.

The packed-out race night raised dou­ble the amount the own­ers ex­pected, pulling in an im­pres­sive £1,325 for the char­ity.

“For a small pub it was a huge amount to raise and a bril­liant night – all of our cus­tomers com­mented on what a great event it was,” Teresa said.

Shoot­ing Star Chase vol­un­teer Paula Ea­ton, who lives in Ick­en­ham, said: “Ev­ery child that we look after at the hospice costs us £15,000 a year.”

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