Raby Arms event raises vital cash for Royal British Legion

The veterans' charity Help for Heroes is to receive a boost from Mary McLeod (right) and her neighbour Claire Innis, who are organising a fundraiser for them.
The veterans' charity Help for Heroes is to receive a boost from Mary McLeod (right) and her neighbour Claire Innis, who are organising a fundraiser for them.

A FUNDRAISING event proved to be a huge success as people gathered to pay their own tribute to military heroes.

Town woman Mary McLeod organised the event at the Raby Arms, in Hart village, to raise cash for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

The event was held on Armistice Day, and Mary hopes around £500 has been raised to be slot between the two causes.

She said: “It was absolutely brilliant, it couldn’t have gone any better.

“We’re still counting up the money we took from ticket sales and raffles and things like that, but it looks like being somewhere in the region of £500 which is excellent.

“We had a gentleman from the Heugh Gun Battery who did a presentation and brought in some weapons from the Fisrt World War, then there was a minute’s silence and a bugler played The Last Post.

“It was all very emotional, especially with it being on November 11 which is a special day.

“It was quite touching, I think there were a few people in the pub who had tears in their eyes.

“The army reserves went to the pub earlier in the day and put up some camoflauge netting around the door, everyone really played their part in making it such a successful evening.

“The bar staff were brilliant, the people who helped with the raffles and made donations all helped out and the people who bought tickets and came along all really enjoyed themselves.

“There were quite a few elderly people there and they all shared some memories of the war.”

Mary, 62, who lives with husband Kenny in Lamberd Road, added: “I have bene thinking about tryingh to arrabge something like this for a while, and I was going to do one last year.

“But with it being the 100th anniversary this year, it seemed appropriate to arrange it this year.

“A lot of planning has gone into it, but it’s all been worthwhile.”