Char­ity ball raises £30,000 for war he­roes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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