Pancake Day fundraiser 2016

QV2A0663QV2A0661QV2A0659                                The Soroptimist International Newbury & District Pancake Races & Lunches event on Shrove Tuesday raised just under £1000 for our nominated charity for 2016 – West Berkshire Community Hospital proposed Renal Unit. The race had a record number of 28 teams from local businesses and organisations. We would like to thank all the race sponsors who gave their generous support:  The Newbury Weekly News, Henwick Properties, Gecko Communications, Accounting & Taxation Centre, Apple Print & Creative Ltd,  Sainsbury’s of Newbury LKhair & Beauty, The Lock Stock & Barrel, and also all the teams who participated in the races. Our thanks also to The Mayor of Newbury Cllr Howard Bairstow who started the races, Brian Sylvester the Town Cryer, the team of Stewards, John Hampson for his competent and amusing commentary, the Corn Exchange, Newbury Town Council, West Berkshire Council, WBRRC, and Newbury Racecourse for the donation of our very own megaphone . The Newbury Weekly News continued their support by not only sponsoring the overall prize but also for the fantastic ads leading up to the event. The Overall Winner’s Trophy this year went to Newbury Hall School. The best dressed team sponsored by Henwick Properties, went to the Rockstars Thomas Eggar The coveted best pancake tosser of the year sponsored by Gecko Communications was awarded to Karen Kennedy dressed as a sumo wrestler from the Phoenix Fitness Studio Following the races the Mayor of Newbury tossed pancakes from the Town Hall balcony to a member of each running team, The Mayor then tossed more pancakes to the local children waiting below. Following the races delicious pancake lunches were served in the Church hall by a brilliant team of Soroptimists, friends and supporters. For information on how to enter a race team next year, Tuesday, 28th February 2017, please contact Newbury Soroptimists on or Katy on 01635 34045 or

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