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Inaugural gig race raises nearly £400

26 June — 30 July 2007

South Cornwall Epilepsy Action is £400 better off thanks to the King Harry Ferry gig race

EPILEPSY sufferers in Cornwall will soon enjoy social cookery evenings thanks to money raised during the inaugural King Harry Ferry gig race earlier this month.

Money raised through entry fees for the race and food and drink served on the ferry later that evening will be used by South Cornwall Epilepsy Action to arrange social evenings with a healthy living focus.

Susanna Pope from the association, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the race raised so much money. At the moment, the organisation has a monthly “get-together” on the 3rd Thursday of every month in Truro’s town hall, but we now hope to add a monthly evening session which will be more lively and interactive.

“We are waiting to hear about a ‘bite size grant’ from the EATsome project, which, if we get it, will be used alongside the money raised from the King Harry Ferry gig race to promote healthy eating for people with epilepsy.  It will not only encourage healthier lifestyles, but will be a chance for everyone to get together in a more relaxed environment,” Susanna explained.

Karen and Nicholas Stickings, owners of the Cornish Pig Company in Bissoe, supplied bacon, sausages and hogs pudding free of charge to all the rowers and supporters during the evening – and raised £255 through donations.

“When we were asked to bring and cook the sausages, hogs pudding and bacon butties for the race, we jumped at the chance to help out,” Karen explained. “It was only while at the race itself, that we realised the ferry had chosen South Cornwall Epilepsy Action as the recipient . They couldn’t have chosen a better charity for it to go to – it’s an organisation which is close to my heart as my brother Scott is a sufferer. The charity is always trying to find ways of getting people together and these cookery evenings sound great,” Karen added.

In total £386.42 was raised during the evening and Toby Budd, from the King Harry Ferry, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part, donated food, drink, t-shirts and their time to make this a very successful – and fun – evening. See you next year!”

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