Rachel’s night out aids charity

Quiz night ... Rachel Codling raised �427 for Steve Cram's charity COCO.
Quiz night ... Rachel Codling raised �427 for Steve Cram's charity COCO.

A FUNDRAISING night raised more than £400 for a children’s charity.

The event, organised by university student Rachel Codling, raised £427 for Comrades Of Children Overseas (COCO).

The 20-year-old, of West Harton, organised the pub quiz and entertainments evening at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare in Low Lane, South Shields, as part of her university work.

Rachel, who is studying English literature with media, communication and cultural studies at Newcastle University, held the event last month.

She said: “I feel very proud of myself for what I have achieved. Running this fundraising event was a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone for their support.

“I had a lot of positive feedback about my night, and how well it was organised and prepared.

“I went round lots of local businesses and asked them to donate prizes, and about 50 people turned up on the night – it was a big success.”

COCO was set up by former Olympic athlete Steve Cram in 2000.

The runner, known as the Jarrow Arrow, set up the charity to help fund children’s projects in developing countries, primarily Africa.

So far, more than £2m has been raised for the charity.

COCO fundraising manager Laura Elliott said: “I am really impressed with the efforts of Rachel. She has been a fantastic advocate of COCO, and she should be very proud of the amount she has raised.

“It is always a pleasure to work with such enthusiastic volunteers, and thanks to Rachel, COCO will be able to continue improving the lives of children living in poverty by funding healthcare and education initiatives in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and supported Rachel.”

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