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Londonderry Allotments Association raises hundreds for local school

By gavin jones  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

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Members of Londonderry Allotments Association (LAA) have raised more than £570 at a fundraising evening where half the proceeds will go to Devonshire Infant School, Smethwick.
The funds will go towards helping to replace the school’s allotment shed and tools which were destroyed in an arson attack earlier this year and further improvement works at the LAA.
The event, held on 16 August at Smethwick Labour Club in Coopers Lane, was organised by LAA’s new chairman, Mr Mark Hunter with support from its fellow members.
The charity evening’s entertainment included a raffle and an auction, with some of the prizes – including organic fruit and veg baskets – being kindly donated by members of the LAA, auctioned at a winning bid of £55.
Star-studded performances given by regular Smethwick Labour Club singers Wendy Lester, Brin, and Kevin Taylor – who gave their time and talents for free – were the highlight of the evening.
Hunter said: “It was a great night held in honour of a very worthy cause. Everyone just pulled together – there really was a wonderful sense of community spirit that you just don’t see that often anymore.
“The LAA is very much at the heart of the local area and I’m grateful to all our members who gave up their time and donated prizes to make the evening such a success.”
A spokesperson for Devonshire Infant School said: “I’m very grateful to Mark and members of the LAA for all their hard work to help raise funds for our new school allotment shed.
“We were absolutely devastated by the arson attack in February; it’s wonderful to know there are people in our local community who are willing to support us and who appreciate the importance of a school allotment to our children.

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