Event raises more than £18K for young people's sport

Spennymoor Town’s Night on the Town VIII has been hailed a roaring success after the event boosted the Club’s community fund by more than £18,000.
Having raised £9,250 through the evening’s auction, Spennymoor’s Chief Executive Brad Groves matched the total, taking the charitable sum to £18,500 – a record for the event.
The annual fundraiser took place on Saturday 9th November 2019 and sold out in record time, thanks to the stellar line-up of entertainment.
Club sponsor Ramside Hall hosted the glitzy evening and their stage was graced by noughties pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions stars Boogie Storm and nationally-renowned comic Steve Rawlings.
The money raised from the auction has been ring-fenced and put towards changing facilities, showers and educational facilities at the Club’s Tudhoe training ground for use by the young people involved with the Club’s academy, Spennymoor Town Youth FC.
The Club has begun talks with Durham County Council to make these developments happen and create something special for youth football in the County.
Tony Wilson, Managing Director of Spennymoor Town, said: “We’re thrilled with the amount our generous guests raised in our auction and it speaks volumes for how much Brad cares for young people in the area that he’s decided to contribute such a significant sum personally.
“Night on the Town proved to be the perfect end to a wonderful Saturday for us, after we managed to beat Southport on the afternoon to take the team into the play-off spots in the National League North.
“Brad and I would like to thank everyone in attendance, who contributed to making it an evening to remember.  We’d also like to thank our Headline Sponsor Census Group and Branding Partner Total Gas and Power.
“This money will be used to improve what we can offer young people in our academy.  We want to become the place for young people in County Durham to fall in love with sport and also provide educational pathways that lead into careers.
“We’re thinking big here, so I’m thrilled that so many people are becoming enthused by our efforts and supporting us.
“Finally, I’d like to thank our Chief Executive, Brad.  It’s no secret that he’s invested a significant sum personally into Spennymoor Town and this just shows once more his passion for helping people in County Durham.”
Night on the Town sold out in just over 10 days, a record for the event, and welcomed 320 people from around the country.
Spennymoor Town host Boston tomorrow night at The Brewery Field in the Vanarama National League North.
Kick-off is at 19:45 and entry is £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, £3 for under 18s and under 10s are free.

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