Pride of Isle event rocks in shadow of the Vulcan

PoI charity night in Vulcan Suite
PoI charity night in Vulcan Suite

Dining and dancing under the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in its Finningley suite at Robin Hood Airport raised over £5000 towards Isle-based charity work.

No Jacket Required was a new venture for the Lex’s Legacy, Pride of the Isle charity committee, but was a sell-out event with 400 tickets sold.

The total proceeds from the night mounted to £5450 and attendees were quick to voice their approval on social media websites.

Facebook generated the following comments among a raft of posts: Becci Jones said it was a ‘Fab night at the Pride of the Isle No Jacket Required do! Great work by the committee again! Maxine Strong, Leesa Sunspot Sharpe, Tanith Pearsall, Katy Collins and Co! Great music and great company.’

Emma Downing added: ‘Fab night POI committee you should be super proud of how well it went and the amazing turn out..raising lots of money for such a great cause.’

A post from Linda Lancaster said: ‘Fantastic night and what a result over £5k raised. I do hope you do another one, and also looking forward to the Christmas party.’

Co-organiser Darius Cooper posted via Facebook: “Just want to thank everyone involved with making last night a huge success. Firstly Lex’s Legacy for letting us be a part of this amazing charity, and letting us think big. Also Leesa Sunspot Sharpe for your support and belief in the whole concept. The whole band for being amazing.’

Guests who were seated under and around the spectacular Vulcan enjoyed a full night of entertainment from X-Factor finalist Peter Jones, The Adrenaline Brothers and The Steel City Horns.

Steve Beighton rushed over to Glastonbury after the event to perform there with Paul Carrick the following day.

Chair of the Pride of the Isle charity committee, Leesa Sharpe, said: “We had a full night of Phil Collins’ tribute songs and lots of Motown. The committee and I would like to thank everyone who supported the event and allowed us to raise £5450 to make those special memories.”

No Jacket Required was an event that was planned as a social charity fundraiser to help provide support and special experiences for children and adults with challenging conditions or terminal illness.

More information about the charity’s work is available at the website

Plans for the next Pride of the Isle Awards Night on January 28, that will also take place in the Vulcan Room, are moving ahead.

Craig Phillips will take centre stage as compere for the evening and Jake Quickenden as a guest entertainer along with Grace Bower and Isle group The Torn.

This event rewards and recognises unsung heroes from the community across the Isle and Doncaster for outstanding courage or selflessness, for work they have done to help others or for the areas in which they live.

It takes the form of an awards ceremony with a meal, entertainment and dancing thrown in to the mix.

For more details about this and other events that are linked to the charity click on the link