Tuesday, 19 October 2021

St George’s Day fund-raiser for special needs day centre

GIANT chess and a rubber band shooting gallery were among the attractions at a St George’s

GIANT chess and a rubber band shooting gallery were among the attractions at a St George’s Day fund-raiser for a Wargrave charity.

The St George and Dragon pub in High Street held the event on Saturday (23) to raise money for Camp Mohawk, a day centre for children with special needs off Highfield Road.

As well as traditional fete games, there was live music in the evening, craft beers and food and drink served throughout the day.

Zachary Millward, assistant manager of the pub, said: “This year we were relaunching our St George’s Day celebrations and we wanted to support a local charity. Camp Mohawk does a whole host of things for kids with special needs and disabilities and are wonderful.

“We had games like giant Connect4 which were all £1 a go, with all the money going to the charity. Punters could win tokens which were swapped at the bar for anything from a bottle of beer to prosecco.

“It cost 100 vouchers for me to have my head shaved but thankfully no one got that! We were packed to the rafters, the place was full of people who all had a wonderful time and the staff had a great day as well. We raised more than £200 from drinks alone. I’ve also had an email from Camp Mohawk who were really happy and will be coming to collect the money later in the week.”

 Chris Wilcox, Camp Mohawk’s centre manager, said the event was popular. “It was an amazing day,” he said. “ We were manning the tin can stall where they were giving away prosecco for knocking down the cans. I think they ran out, it was that popular. There were plenty of people there despite the weather and we got the chance to speak to them about Camp Mohawk.

“The guys at the St George and Dragon were extremely generous, it took two months to organise and they put a lot of effort in. It was all off their own back, they got in touch with us. It’s fantastic, we need a lot more awareness and it’s nice to feel like the community is behind you.”

Mr Wilcox says the money raised from the event will be split between the centre’s new music room and youth groups.

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