St Patrick Banishes The Beast (from the East)

The Beast from the East may have returned with a vengeance, but thankfully freezing temperatures and the threat of snow didn't prevent Dorking Rotary Club's St Patrick’s Day Celebration Evening from going ahead.


Over 50 Rotarians and their friends gathered for a very special evening of celebration on Saturday 17th March at the United Reformed Church Hall in West Street in Dorking, in aid of PSDS.



As well as a delicious traditional Irish supper of Potato Soup, Steak and Guinness Pie and Baileys Irish Cream and Chocolate Cheesecake, everyone present also enjoyed an excellent programme of Irish songs and readings, culminating at the end of the evening in a rousing chorus of ‘Danny Boy’!


A raffle and auction at the event helped to raise a wonderful sum of over £3,000 for PSDS, with the star auction lot - two VIP tickets to see U2 in action at the O2 in October - being bagged by PSDS members Katharine and Jayson Hadley.


Peter Evans, President of Dorking Rotary Club said he was very grateful to everyone who had supported the event so generously, especially those who had donated items for the raffle and auction, including an original painting by local artist Chris Forsey and the U2 tickets (donated by his nephew, The Edge!).


Representing PSDS at the event, Helen thanked Dorking Rotary Club and all their guests for their kind support of PSDS, remarking that the St Patrick’s Day Celebration was a great way to launch the start of Down Syndrome Awareness Week. 


After one final chorus of Danny Boy, it was time to head back out in to the snowy night to battle with the Beast from the East once again!


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