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Hard work for fun night helps charity

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: September 01, 2011

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Kind-hearted employees of a Midsomer Norton-based company have just helped to raise more than £13,000 at two highly-successful charity events.

L & F Jones held its fifth annual charity ball at the Best Western Centurion Hotel in aid of Kidney Research UK bringing in more than £11,500.

And a golf day organised by the group also bought in a £1,500 charity boost.

The 100-year-old family business was given a helping hand to make the ball a success from some of its suppliers including Magners Cider, Accolade Wines and Kerry Foods which were all in attendance.

There was also a strong local supplier presence involved with Draycott Bakery, Pensworth Diaries and Ian Hobbs Technical Services Ltd all doing their bit to help.

The evening consisted of a three-course menu provided by The Centurion Hotel, which is owned by the Jones family. The meat was contributed by Radstock's Paul Loader Butchery and wine through Jones Convenience Stores.

A raffle and auction saw guest walk away with a selection of prizes including an iPad 2, a romantic balloon trip and a voucher valid in all Best Westerns worldwide.

The evening, which was co-ordinated by Simon Jones, chief executive of Jones Convenience Stores, was a great success raising £7,600, plus an anonymous donation of £4,000 bringing the total on the night to £11,600.

Local entertainers Toby Marsh and Mark Baker who gave their services free performed a rendition of Rat Pack songs. Grant Maidment also wowed guests with his table magic skills.

The company also recently held its 19th annual charity golf day at Fosseway Golf Club.

The day was well attended with more than 80 golfers taking to the course. The day was sponsored by Pensworth Diaries a local company that provides milk to all 17 Jones Convenience Stores in the West Country.

L & F Jones Foodservice entered two customer-based teams that fared very well against both suppliers and member teams.

The Foodservice division of L & F Jones has more than 1,300 accounts in a 35-mile radius of Midsomer Norton, catering for hotels, pubs, nursing homes and schools.

Jonny Streeter from the Flemish Weaver won the individual trophy with a score of 55. Hewas also a part of the winning team which included Mervin Parrish from The Old Vicarage and Adam Parrish from the Swan at Bradford on Avon.

Liz Jones who organised the golf day said: "It was a great day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"There were a total of 11 trophies to be won with an impressive display from all participants. The day was a resounding success with £1,500 being raised."

L & F Jones set a target of £40,000 to raise before the end of the year for Kidney Research UK.

A number of other events are planned.

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