More than 20 charity-minded ladies flocked to the Queen’s Road casino to enjoy a glamorous evening of fun, shopping, raffles and a taste of gambling on the roulette and black jack tables.
Kind-hearted women from across Reading took to the gaming tables, but it was all for a good cause.
Fundraisers organised a ladies’ night at the Grosvenor Casino on November 8 to raise money for hospice charity Sue Ryder.
More than 20 charity-minded ladies flocked to the Queen’s Road casino to enjoy a glamorous evening of fun, shopping, raffles and a taste of gambling on the roulette and black jack tables. Almost £400 was raised to help Sue Ryder to continue to provide specialist palliative care for patients and their families through Duchess of Kent House Hospice in Tilehurst and Nettlebed Hospice.
One of the stallholders, Louise Patuzzo, met Lady Sue Ryder more than 40 years ago, when the inspirational founder of the nationwide charity visited a school in Windsor.
Mrs Patuzzo, 56, who was manning a glittering jewellery stand with friend Louise Todd, said: “I met Lady Ryder when she visited our school with a group of concentration camp survivors who shared their stories.
“The pupils cooked for them and sung songs, and listened to their stories, which would often reduce us to tears.”
Thanking the casino staff, Sue Ryder’s Marion Haynes said: “It was a fun night and we would like to thank Grosvenor Casino Reading and their staff for arranging such a wonderful night and for providing a superb buffet for all to share.
“Our thanks also go to all the stall holders for coming along and making the night such a success.”
Simon Adams, Grosvenor Casino’s sales manager, said: “It was a great pleasure to work alongside Marion and her Sue Ryder colleagues and volunteers.
“All the team here pulled together to put on a great event for a worthwhile cause and all the guests had a fantastic evening.
“We ended up raising nearly £400, and would love to work with Sue Ryder again in the future.”