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A fundraiser was held at Pencaitland Bowling Club on Saturday the 23rd, raising around £4000 for child bereavement charity Richmond’s Hope.

Judge Natasha Phoenix measures up the competition with a ruler to work out which coin made it closest to the bottle. Click the photo for more pictures.

Judge Natasha Phoenix measures up the competition with a ruler to work out which coin made it closest to the bottle. Click the photo for more pictures.

When someone has died Scottish charity Richmond’s Hope is a place where children and young people can explore their feelings and emotions in order to find ways of coping with the loss.

Unfortunately the charity, which receives support funding for places for bereaved kids in Edinburgh and Midlothian, receives nothing from East Lothian Council despite past requests. The money raised yesterday will help bereaved kids from the county to receive counselling they would otherwise be unable to access.

The cash was raised through a combination of ticket sales for last night’s event and a range of raffles, auction prizes and a coin toss. Fundraising culminated in a ‘slave’ auction where willing local volunteers offered their expertise as a prize to the winning bidder.

Music came in the form of singer-songwriter Amy Baillie and local (one-time?) band The Domestics.

Expertly compering the evening’s activities was Pencaitland’s Jim Fraser who all agreed did an excellent job and helped make the event all the more entertaining. Jim is available for births, deaths, bar mitzvahs and funerals but only on the 29th of February during leap years.

We have a selection of snaps from the evening which you can view here or just below.

UPDATE: Mon 25th Feb 2013

The final tally on all the funds raised at the Saturday event has come in at £4,794.50.