Local causes benefit from £25k raised at Owlerton charity nights

A group of local charities are set to receive thousands of pounds after a series of special fundraising evenings.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium held a number of charity evenings in July, raising a total of more than £25,000 in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, the Braythay Trust, Ella’s Trust and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

An ‘All American’ Ladies Day, which saw Owlerton turned into a sea of stars and stripes, raised £5,427.08 for St Luke’s Hospice, an organisation which cares for adults of all ages who are suffering from incurable diseases.

The glamorous event saw local women come together for an evening of racing, three-course dining in the stadium’s Panorama Restaurant and charitable giving.

St Luke’s corporate fundraising manager Joasia Lesniak said: “We need to raise more than £5 million annually to continue providing our current levels of service to all the people of Sheffield.

“The support of companies like Owlerton Stadium and the generosity and enthusiasm of their staff is vital to our future success.”

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice raised £1,705.64 at its own Owlerton Stadium race night. The charity provides support for children with shortened life expectancies, both at their homes and at Bluebell Wood’s hospice in North Anston.

A total of £5,475 was then raised at an evening of races held by the Lyons Den in aid of the Sheffield Braythay Trust, which aims to give vulnerable children in the local area the confidence and care needed for them to make positive changes in their lives.

The same charity benefitted from an additional £5,316 when construction company Henry Boot staged a fundraising evening to raise money for the cause.

Ella’s Fund was also supported by the stadium through a charity night, which boosted the organisation by £6,592.80.

The charity, which supports children with brain tumours and cancer, was set up in 2007 by Rob Frith and Jo Wilson, the parents of Ella Frith, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2007.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium said: “At Owlerton Stadium supporting local charities is always very high on our list of priorities. We were very happy with the turn-out across all of the events this month and it was great seeing people enjoying themselves whilst also supporting some really important causes.

“We’re always looking for more ways in which we can do more to assist the Sheffield community and we have many more special charity race nights set to take place throughout the rest of the year.”

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John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhounds Stadium, St Luke’s corporate fundraising manager Joasia Lesniak and Rochelle James, marketing executive at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium

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