Town joins together to help Heroes

GENEROUS Gainsborough residents came together for a glamorous charity ball to raise money for Help For Heroes.

The ball took place at the Weston Rooms where over £1,500 was raised.

A charity black tie ball to raise money for Help For Heroes was held at the Weston Rooms, Gainsborough.  Pictured from left are Alun and Barbara Williams, David Rather and event organiser Lesleyann Genter (G110801-1a)

A charity black tie ball to raise money for Help For Heroes was held at the Weston Rooms, Gainsborough. Pictured from left are Alun and Barbara Williams, David Rather and event organiser Lesleyann Genter (G110801-1a)

The event was organised by Lesley-Ann Genter whose son, Cpl Brian Genter, is currently serving with the Four Scots Highlanders in Afghanistan.

“While my son has been serving overseas, I was on sick leave and became addicted to watching the news,” said Lesley-Ann. “I kept seeing reports of soldiers getting killed and injured and said ‘I can’t do this any more – I need to do something for our lads out there.”

She continued: “I did it for my son and those lads that have been injured – they need our help to be able to get on with the rest of their lives.”

Lesley-Ann said she was truly touched by the generosity of people and businesses in Gainsborough for supporting the event.

Cpl Brian Genter

Cpl Brian Genter

“I didn’t think it would be easy, what with people struggling for money at the moment, but everybody who I visited was really generous and supportive in offering raffle prizes,” she said.

“I’ve got so many people to thank – there were about 30 businesses who donated prizes. I’d also like to thank Julian and Elaine at Weston Rooms for putting on such an amazing night, then there’s Oxley’s Butchers for sponsoring the DJ and magician and for raising £235 themselves.”

She continued: “A big thank you to magician Paul Johnson, DJ Paul Johnson, Grafter’s Brewery, Matthew Gooding for auctioning his joinery and maintenance services, all of the guests who came and most of all Dave for his support and patience!”

She added: “It was so nice to see the Gainsborough folk be so generous and I really can’t thank them enough.”

Matthew Gooding from MG Joinery raised £150 by auctioning his services and will be giving £70 out of £120 to Help For Heroes for day’s work.

“I’ve had friends that have been in the army and a few that have died,” said Matthew.

“Plus I know the family well so it’s just great to be involved and really wanted to do something for charity.”

For more pictures of the charity ball visit www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk

For more information or to donate to Help For Heroes visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk