Strawberry Special raises over £3,000 for village organisations
A BARBECUE and live music event raised over £3,000 for different village organisations.
Mike and Lori Toms, of the Strawberry Special, Station Road, Cheddar, shared the £3,629 raised between Draycott First School and Stepping Stones Pre-School.
The annual event has been held for the past six years, with a total of £11,300 raised.
Draycott Football Club, the Mendip Players and the Women’s Institute also benefited from the money collected from this years event.
Mrs Toms said: “The first year, we raised a total of £800 and now it has soared to £3629 this year.
“This is partly due to the snowballing effect the skittles has had year over year as everybody wants to be a part of the action to meet other people in the village, so you could say it’s a social event as well.
“We had an amazing 16 teams this year, so the skittles ran for 15 weeks during the summer.
“We never turn away a team and everyone will agree that it is absolute fun to come along and raise much needed funds for struggling local organisations.”
The barbecue was held to mark the end of the skittles season along with live music from The Red Hillbillies. It is a chance to reveal the results of all of the efforts and to award the trophies to the top three teams as well as handing out all of the cheques to the local groups.
She said: “All funds raised goes directly back to the village as me and my husband do not charge any ‘administration fees’ and we provide sandwiches for all of the teams throughout the season as well as putting in a team ourselves to help the causes.”
All of the organisations received a cheque for £539. The first place team, The Stokers, donated their £75 prize money to the local Draycott/Rodney Stoke Defibrillator Appeal.
The second place team, The Brainboxes, donated their £50 prize money to Stepping Stones Pre School.
The third place team, FiftyOner’s, donated their £25 prize money to the local Draycott/Rodney Stoke Defibrillator Appeal.
Mrs Toms added: “The Brainboxes have this loud and annoying tin that they bring to each game and shake it and sing every time one of their team members gets charged a fine.
“Everyone dreads listening to the Brainboxes chants and shaking tin, but this year that annoying tin paid out an additional £100 to the Stepping Stones Pre School.”
The Motley Crew team has a similar, but smaller tin which paid out an additional £50 to Draycott First School.
Mary Annuik won the trophy for the highest ladies score with a 64 and Iain Sansome won the men’s highest trophy with a score of 66.
The Strawberry Special will be hosting a quiz on September 29 at 8pm to raise funds for St. Peter’s church ongoing refurbishment repairs.