Everyone a winner at race day with a Bond theme

20 Nov Everyone a winner at race day with a Bond theme

SEAN Connery and Jaws lookalikes joined North East businesses for a James Bond fundraising event at Newcastle Racecourse.

The corporate race day was held at the Gosforth Park venue last Friday in aid of The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund, which changes the lives of children with disabilities living across our region.

More than 300 guests at the gathering, organised by IT firm ITPS and communications specialist Cellular Solutions, helped to raise £1,300 for the cause.

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Garry Sheriff, managing director of ITPS, said: “This is our ninth consecutive corporate race day, partnered with Cellular Solutions, and each year we have dedicated our fundraising to the Sunshine Fund.

“The charity has always been one which is close to our hearts and we feel passionate about raising money for children with disabilities in our own region.

“With a guest list of more than 300 customers, partners and associates, we always see a generous donation from this annual calendar highlight.”

Mike Bowers, managing director of Cellular Solutions, added: “We were delighted to support the Sunshine Fund with our annual race day at Newcastle Racecourse.

“We all had a great day, with many people dressing for the James Bond theme.

“The grand total raised was amazing, so many thanks to all of our supporters who were able to make the day. I know this money will make a huge difference to the charity.”

The fund provides grants to individuals, groups, special schools and hospitals to purchase essential equipment, learning aids and custom-built tools to improve the lives of disabled children.

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Caroll Pattinson, fund director, said: “A huge thanks to ITPS and Cellular Solutions for their support. We all had a fantastic time.

“The money raised will help purchase a trike for a boy with cerebral palsy so he can join in bike rides with his family, which will fully support his mobility.

“Without support from companies like these, we would be unable to help so many children with disabilities in the North East.”

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