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Yorkshire Annual Christmas Sporting Lunch

Top table guests: Nick Brown, Hon President, Quentin Smith, Chair of Trustees, Debbie Sweet, Head at Highbury School, Stuart Watson, Yorkshire chairman, Tom Shanklin, Welsh international

Nick Brown, Hon President, Quentin Smith, Chair of Trustees, Debbie Sweet, Head at Highbury School, Stuart Watson, Yorkshire chairman, Tom Shanklin, Welsh international

WOODEN Spoon Yorkshire members and their guests gathered at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on Friday 14 December for the 26th annual Christmas Sporting Lunch. Richard Strudwick, toastmaster, had the task of bringing the 500 strong party to order to greet the top table. Applause greeted the arrival of Roger Dakin, MC, Tom Shanklin, Welsh international and the main speaker, Mike Farrell, Yorkshire comedian, and our other top table guests.

The Queens Hotel did an outstanding job, as always, on the food and kept the wine orders flowing. Guests were delighted that the budget for the lunch had gone on decent cuts of beef and not been wasted on Christmas decorations!

During the luncheon Debbie Sweet, Head Teacher at Highbury School, spoke about the impact on pupils from the funding provided by Yorkshire for their bike and bounce project.

Roger Dakin kept the room entertained as he asked for guests to take part in the raffle and the auction. There was general dismay when he threatened not to tell of his world record performance as an England hockey goalkeeper. This story has become an established tradition with many of the regulars briefing new guests on what to expect. Fortunately Roger relented and we were regaled with tales of his sporting prowess.  Amongst the raffle prizes was an evening out at our Sponsor’s club, the Viper Rooms in Harrogate. This was won by a Yorkshire founding member, Edward Jennings. We are all looking forward to hearing how Edward and his guests get on amongst the Saturday night crowd at the Viper Rooms.

Roger also introduced David Fenton to the room. David is taking on the LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge in May 2019 to raise funds for Wooden Spoon and guests were invited to show their support. Our thanks go to everyone for the fantastic £1,400 donated by generous guests at the luncheon.

Our congratulations and thanks also go to organisers Adam Hirst, Andy Proud and Rob Staines for another outstanding Christmas lunch, which raised around £34,000 for Wooden Spoon Yorkshire projects.

If you would like to find out more about the activities of Wooden Spoon Yorkshire and how you can get involved please contact Yorkshire@woodenspoon.org.uk