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21st October 2009

CHARLOTTE AND FRIENDS RAISE £11,500
IN SUPPORT OF HELP FOR HEROES

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A ball and auction in aid of Help for Heroes took place on Saturday, 17th October at The Chase Hotel and over 220 guests arrived at the event, dressed in gowns and suits, looking beautiful. The event was held in memory of four wonderful soldiers, Rifleman Jamie Gunn, Corporal Daniel Nield, Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood, and Lance Corporal Paul Upton.

Music from local band SwiTch, whose members include Simon Smith, Steve French and Sam Wheale soon had all of the guests on the dance floor.

One of the event organizers, Charlotte Reynolds said, Switch are a truly great local band! Auctioneer Tarquin Shaw-Young did a brilliant job keeping the crowd under control during the auction, as by this time most people were rather drunk!'

'The auction pulled in some amazing bids, one of these was by Andrew Gooding and Maria Oates from The King Charles public house, who bid 700 on a brass artillery cartridge which was used in Afghanistan in 2007 and I understand they are getting the item engraved in memory of Steven Sherwood'. The evening raised just under 6000! Add that to our total already and we have raised 11,500!'

'Jess Teague, Jemma Heath and Jessica Sherwood and I would like to say thank you to a few people for making this event as special as it was. The Ross Gazette and The Monmouthshire Beacon for sponsoring the event, Switch for playing 2 amazing sets, Tarquin Shaw-Young, rdpphotography for capturing some amazing pictures, The Chase Hotel especially Jan Howard, DJ Tim Trott, Multiprint, Likes Florist, and to all the people and businesses who donated items to the raffle and auction! Also a big thank you to everyone who helped out on the night! Look out for the next one!'


Maria Oates and Andrew Gooding bid £700 for the artillery cartridge.

Local band 'SwiTch' provide the entertainment.

Enjoying the meal.

Dancing to SwiTch.

Ball organizers, Jessica Teague, Jemma Heath, Jessica Sherwood and Charlotte Reynolds. (Photo by rdpphotography.)

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