LOOK: Pancake racers brave cold to raise £500 for local good causes - The Rugby Observer

LOOK: Pancake racers brave cold to raise £500 for local good causes

Andy Morris 14th Feb, 2018   0

EIGHT pancake-flipping fundraisers ‘deserve medals’ for braving the elements in Rugby’s annual Pancake Race.

The runners raised around £500 for fundraising group Rugby Rokeby Lions to divide among various good causes.

They include the hiring of a soft play centre for several monthly sessions for Rugby Autistic Network’s children, and funds for a Rugby teenager who will deliver literacy skills to women in southern Asia.

Money raised will also go towards fighting blindness around the world, and raising the awareness of diabetes and prostate cancer.

Overall winner Sophie Shaw of Wellingtons Day Nursery received the Pancake Trophy, and the nursery will keep the coveted Pancake Shield for one year.

Laura-Jane Bennett and Nicky Walker from Thornton’s in Rugby Central won the fancy dress prize for their 118 costumes, and also won the sponsorship prize, having raised just short of £260.

Terry Byrne of Rugby Rokeby Lions said: “Eight brave souls braved the elements – each of them deserve a medal because it was absolutely freezing and wet and horrible.

“But it gave us a good amount of money for the various local causes we’re involved with at the moment, so considering the conditions it was a just reward.

“We maintain the tradition of the pancake race in Rugby, as we try to do each year. Hopefully we shall have better luck with the weather next year.”

In recent years the race has raised funds for a mobility chair for a young girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who was born without eyes, and a wooden gazebo for learning disability charity New Directions’ Sensory Garden.

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