Rugby ladies give fundraiser a try

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SOUTH­PORT Rugby Club’s grand mar­quee proved the per­fect venue to host the 4th An­nual Ladies Day.

This year’s, cre­ated and or­gan­ised by Sue Ast­wood, in as­so­ci­a­tion with one of the club’s new part­ners, Crab­bie’s, fea­tured the First XV match ver­sus Sefton as the back­drop while 250 guests en­joyed a turkey crown lunch with all the trim­mings as the gin and prosecco flowed.

Club pho­tog­ra­pher An­gus Mathe­son was on hand to cap­ture the ac­tion on and off the pitch.

Hosted by Trevor Ford and An­drew Heg­garty from Mighty Ra­dio the ladies en­joyed a “full-on” af­ter­noon watch­ing a fa­mous 24-22 South­port vic­tory and richly en­ter­tained by Liver­pool solo artiste Liza B to dance their way well into the evening.

The theme of the day was head­wear – as be­fit­ting this year’s cho­sen char­i­ties Brain tu­mour Can­cer Foun­da­tion and Head Case.

The “It’s all about the hat” award was won by Michelle Mawd­s­ley who re­ceived a ham­per do­nated by Re­nacres Hos­pi­tal.

As well as Crab­bie’s and Re­nacres, Sue Ast­wood thanked all the spon­sors, in­clud­ing Lud­lows, Pete Th­waites, Paul Mor­ris­sey, Mercedes Benz, Wi­gan Beer Com­pany, Pre­mier Bal­loons, Ra­mada Plaza, Fusco Coaches and In­spired Flow­ers of Birk­dale.

In all, more than £2,000 was raised for the char­i­ties.

Thanks also go to A-Z Mar­quees, Louise Dale and her cater­ing team, Mark Ast­wood, Mike Dale and the bar staff, and to the SRFC Colts team who did a fan­tas­tic job wait­ing on all day.

Since the event, Sue has been over­whelmed with the feed­back and said that the bench­mark had def­i­nitely been set for fu­ture ladies days.

Next sea­son, sub­ject to the fix­ture list, this is likely to be in Septem­ber.

More than half the ta­bles have al­ready sold so if you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, con­tact Sue on 07598 429179 as soon as pos­si­ble.

Sue Ast­wood with spe­cial guests at the mar­quee

Event or­gan­iser Sue Ast­wood, left, with Janet Oliver, wife of South­port RFC’s chair­man, Steve

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