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Guests had the chance to be James Bond for the night after Ryder Architecture hosted a casino evening to raise money for Percy Hedley Foundation as part of a joint 60th anniversary celebration.

Over 100 guests enjoyed the fundraising evening at Cooper’s Studios supporting the charity which has worked tirelessly to help people with disabilities since it was founded 60 years ago, in 1953.

A silent auction raised £1,135 with prizes kindly donated by a range of supporters and businesses including Revolution, Pitcher and Piano, Esh Group, Flamingo Land, Ibstock, Jasper’s Catering, Newcastle Racecourse, Richard Granger Wines, The Sage Gateshead, The Stand Comedy Club and Tyne Bank and Wylam Breweries.

Three Kings Beer
Three Kings Beer

Bobby Moncur, former Newcastle United captain who lifted the Fairs Cup in 1969, provided a signed 60s club football shirt.  He said “It’s great that Ryder is doing so much this year to support a range of charities that touch the hearts of its staff.  I’m delighted to support their fundraising efforts and glad the event was so well supported.”

Julie Calvert, head of marketing at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The support we are receiving from Ryder is fantastic.  Like the Percy Hedley Foundation, Ryder was also set up in 1953 and we’re delighted they have chosen to support us and that we are able to celebrate our Diamond Jubilees together.”

Paul Earnshaw, commercial property partner at Short Richardson & Forth LLP, attended the casino night.  He said “A great event with good bands, top prizes and excellent locally brewed beers.   It’s also great to get the opportunity to support Percy Hedley Foundation who, with Ryder, continue to do great work in the community, which clearly has such a positive impact.”

Three Kings Brewery based in North Shields released a celebratory beer for the occasion.  Ewan McCann, head brewer at Three Kings Brewery said “We were delighted to support this event by giving guests an exclusive taste of our first ever commercial bottled beer being released to the public this month.  For this one off special occasion we labelled and branded it a 60th celebration beer and feedback has been excellent.”

Music by local bands Tankerville, Meghann Clancy and Tony Bengtsson entertained the crowd throughout the night.

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