Sometimes it’s quite easy to get caught short at a formal event and end up walking home. Last month’s tux and trainers fundraiser had it covered. Guests were invited to The Grand Hotel on Friday 1 November dressed in Black Tie, but not with the usual high heels and polished shoes, but instead, guests were asked to wear training shoes. The unusual dress code has raised over £10,000 for two Autism charities; Ambitious about Autism and Autism Jersey. The aim was to raise around £5,000 from the evening, but due to the generosity of many local businesses, family and friends, they doubled the target. The event was organised to help the fundraising efforts of two islanders in their challenge to run the London marathon in 2014. Victoria Vawser-Ringsdore and Tim Ringsdore, neither of whom are runners, decided they will run the marathon in 2014 to raise money for a cause they both believe in – Autism. Victoria and Tim said; “To raise this amount from one event is absolutely fantastic, we have more fundraising plans between now and the marathon next April, so we are really excited to see how much we will raise in total. We can’t thank everyone who supported the event enough, especially The Grand hotel and all of our supporters and sponsors”.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Victoria and Tim are asked to follow these links: