Punters raise more than £1,500

Pictured are some of the hotel's regulars who got in to the spirit of the event by dressing up as jockeys.'Contributed photo
Pictured are some of the hotel's regulars who got in to the spirit of the event by dressing up as jockeys.'Contributed photo

A FUND-RAISING race night held recently at the George Hotel has bought at least four new braille machines for blind school pupils in Uganda.

The event was organised by hotel staff members Colin Burnett and Tracy Park with the aim of raising money to buy the machines for children in the city of Jinja. It followed a visit to the area by hotel owner Trish Douglas to see the charity Sightsavers at work, and their school was part of the itinerary.

The visit in March was part of a tour of some of the charity’s projects in Uganda which are being backed by Inner Wheel clubs across the UK. Inner Wheel is this year supporting Sightsavers as its adopted charity which Mrs Douglas nominated as chairwoman of the organisation’s Great Britain and Ireland association overseas service committee.

Mrs Douglas discovered that the 20 blind pupils on the school’s roll of 850 had to share just three braille machines and decided to raise money to buy more, which would improve the youngsters’ chances of a better quality of life.

The evening raised £1,518 which Mrs Douglas said had “exceeded expectations”

She said: “I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us and came along on the night, we’re really delighted with the total and it was far more than we’d expected.

“Inner Wheel has to raise money for Sightsavers for 12 months and we’re not the only club doing it, it’s going on across the whole of Great Britain and Ireland. We’re hoping that, but 2013, we’ll have raised about £45,000 to £50,000.”

Mrs Douglas said she hopes to follow up the race night’s success with a music evening at the hotel, which would be organised for next year.