Annual meet for Journalists’ Charity

Lois Burley with Steve Dann

Lois Burley with Steve Dann

The Journalists’ Charity is ‘going to the dogs’ for the 36th year running.

The annual Greyhound Race Night at Hall Green Stadium on Saturday November 16 has once again attracted high profile sponsors – “But there are still a few opportunities for anyone interested,” said Steve Dann, newly elected chairman of the Midlands branch of the charity.

“A sponsorship package includes tickets, a meal, advertising in the programme as well as the opportunity to name a race.

“It is also provides a chance for guests to mingle with many of the Midlands media and top business professionals at what is always a fun and action packed night,” he added.

Current sponsors include Heineken, Hall Green Greyhound Racing Association, ITV Central, the Sun newspaper, Associated News, The Racing Post and Eze Group.

The event is thought to be the longest established charity greyhound racing night in the Midlands and was first held back in 1977.

Brainchild of Gerry Armes, former chairman and now life-long president of the Midlands group, the night traditionally raises hundreds of pounds for the charity which has helped journalists in need since 1864 and annually provides vital support for more than 400 those in the industry and their dependants.

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of The Journalists’ Charity, whose founder members included Charles Dickens and whose patron is HRH The Queen.

Anyone interested in taking out a sponsorship package or simply buying individual tickets at £36 each and including a generous buffet, should contact Val Deeley, secretary on 01562 883290 or email val.deeley@live.co.uk.