Charity ball raises £30,000 for war heroes
ABOUT £30,000 was raised by Ruckinge company ParaRail at a charity dinner and ball in aid of Help for Heroes. Two hundred businessmen and women attended the event at Ashford International Hotel which rounded off a year of fund-raising activities organised by ParaRail for the injured service personnel’s charity. The building and contracting services business committed itself to supporting the charity after carrying out two major contracts at Headley Court, the defence medical rehabilitation centre in Surrey. Chief executive Anthony Saunders said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to raise such a significant sum for Help for Heroes.” Top bid of the night in the charity auction, which brought in almost £3,500, was the £750 paid for four tickets to watch the filming of BBC2’s popular Top Gear programme. Retiring Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe also supported the event both as guest speaker and by contributing signed copies of her four novels.
Toastmaster Peter Thompson greets ParaRail chief executive Anthony Saunders, right, at the ball