RACING fans were quick out the traps to raise thousands of pounds for war-wounded veterans.
The £4,800 raised by a crowd of 500 spectators at Sunderland Greyhound Stadium will be split between Tetley’s Raise a Glass campaign for Help for Heroes and its Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick.
Supporters had already raised £2,660 through tickets sales and corporate donations before the night began, with the races then topping up the appeal.
Simon Fozzard, the stadium’s marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Tetley’s Raise a Glass campaign in addition to Phoenix House. The fund-raising event was a huge success.
“Events like this are hugely important. It provides a great opportunity for the people from the area to give their own support to the Armed Forces, a cause which is close to everyone’s hearts.
“I would like to thank everyone for coming along and adding to the fantastic total we have managed to raise.”
The money donated to the Tetley’s campaign will be used to fund a number of projects run by Help for Heroes, including Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, which opened earlier this year following a £20million refurbishment.
Retired major Chris Hunter said: “I’m delighted to see Tetley’s supporting our nation’s armed forces through its partnership with Help for Heroes.
I hope the Great British public can raise a glass to our heroes in support of such a worthwhile cause.”
Bryn Parry, chief executive officer and co-founder Help for Heroes, said, “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Tetley’s for all their support and hope that people across the country will join in and ‘Raise a Glass’ to help our heroes.
“The money raised is greatly needed and it is hugely appreciated.
“On behalf of everyone at Help for Heroes and all those who the money will benefit, thank you.”