From left, Marta Fisher, Sarah Jordan (Band Hatton Button).
An event held to help a Kenilworth club attract younger members and raise thousands of pounds for Zoë’s Place has been hailed a success.
More than £2,000 was fundraised from Kenilworth Rotary Club’s quiz night which attracted around 125 participants – an increase of £500 on last year’s fundraising total.
The event was organised by Band Hatton Button solicitors and hosted at the Holiday Inn in Kenilworth, both of whom are corporate members of the Rotary Club.
The money raised will go towards providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Band Hatton Button lawyers Marta Fisher, Michelle Gavin, Sarah Avern and Dina Parmar are the firm’s nominated members of the Kenilworth Rotary Club, with the firm having been a member since June 2016.
Marta, who led on the organisation of the evening, commented: “We are keen to give something back to the community in which we work and live, which is why we originally decided to join Kenilworth Rotary Club.
“The club helps out many different causes locally, and we are keen to do all we can to support its various projects and activities. We chose Zoë’s Place to benefit from the quiz night following a discussion between our members, and we were delighted with the sum we raised – it’s around £500 more than the quiz we organised last year.
“The night itself was a great success and had a competitive edge to it. The evening came down to a nail-biting tie breaker between rival banking teams from Natwest and RBS.
“To raise £2,000 for Zoë’s Place is a fantastic total, and shows how much of a difference clubs such as the Kenilworth Rotary Club can make to communities.”
The Kenilworth Rotary Club has been going for 57 years and is best known for organising the Two Castles Run which this year raised £36,000 for charities.
Jonathan Miller, President of the Kenilworth Rotary Club, said: “Rotary serves communities locally, nationally and internationally through both fundraising and hands-on projects. Perhaps its greatest achievement is the near eradication of polio worldwide after 30 years of hard work.
“Rotary is recognising the changing needs and lifestyles of young working people, and so has done away with many of its traditions to become more flexible. Within Kenilworth, we have welcomed Corporate Members as part of this change and we are particularly pleased to work with Band Hatton Button and the Holiday Inn for this quiz and other activities.”
We were also grateful to a group of students from King Henry VIII School who attended on the night to help out.”
Muna Chauhan is the corporate manager at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Ash Green, and says the money will help the hospice to expand their services.
She added: “We are delighted with the fantastic support and amount raised from the Kenilworth Rotary Club and Band Hatton Button who joined forces to host a charity quiz night.
“Our mission is to open two remaining cots at Zoë’s Place and offer more hours of care to provide support for families who desperately require the support through these most difficult times.
“We thank the hosts, guests and the staff for supporting local charities like Zoë’s Place for truly making a difference.”