Staff at a city architectural firm took a gamble on a new fund-raising event to raise thousands of pounds for a local disability charity.
Ryder Architecture in Newcastle hosted a casino evening to raise money for the Percy Hedley Foundation as part of a joint 60th anniversary celebration.
More than 100 guests attended Cooper’s Studios in Westgate, Newcastle to raise £2,000 for the charity, which has helped those with disabilities since it was founded 60 years ago.
A silent auction raised more than £1,000, with prizes from businesses including Revolution, the Pitcher and Piano, Esh Group, Flamingo Land, Ibstock, Jasper’s Catering, Newcastle Racecourse, Richard Granger Wines, Sage Gateshead, The Stand Comedy Club and Tyne Bank and Wylam Breweries.
Bobby Moncur, former Newcastle United captain who lifted the Fairs Cup in 1969, provided a signed 60s club football shirt.
He said: “It’s great that Ryder is doing so much this year to support a range of charities that touch the hearts of its staff. I’m delighted to support their fund-raising efforts and glad the event was so well supported.”
Julie Calvert, head of marketing at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The support we are receiving from Ryder is fantastic. Like the Percy Hedley Foundation, Ryder was also set up in 1953 and we’re delighted they have chosen to support us and that we are able to celebrate our diamond jubilees together.”
Paul Earnshaw, commercial property partner at Short Richardson & Forth LLP, attended the casino night.
He said: “A great event with good bands, top prizes and excellent locally-brewed beers. It’s also great to get the opportunity to support Percy Hedley Foundation who, with Ryder, continue to do great work in the community, which clearly has such a positive impact.”
Three Kings Brewery based in North Shields released a celebratory beer for the occasion, while there was music from local bands, including Tankerville, Meghann Clancy and Tony Bengtsson.
Ryder staff also supported Percy Hedley by taking part in a zip-slide from the Tyne Bridge and a number have signed up for the Great North Run for the Foundation.