Racing to a great total

PUBLISHED: 22:30 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 February 2013

Ian Payne and Dawn Thewlis of Tyne Tees TV with John Parrott

Ian Payne and Dawn Thewlis of Tyne Tees TV with John Parrott

Big-hearted Northerners have raised a magnificent £55,000 to boast the coffers of a leading children's charity.

Big-hearted Northerners have raised a magnificent 55,000 to boast the coffers of a leading children's charity. Organisers of the second Magic Moments in Northern Racing Awards at Newcastle Racecourse were delighted that the event beat last year's total of 48,000. More than 250 guests attended the black tie dinner at the Gosforth Park Suite to watch Jack Berry MBE pick up the Variety Club Northern Region Lifetime Award - their highest accolade. He retired from racing in 1999 but dedicated a lot of time to the Injured Jockey's Fund. Favourite North East comedian Bobby Pattinson - who also raised money with a Stars of Geordie Comedy stage show - paid tribute to the award-winning trainer. He said: 'Injured jockeys know they always have someone to turn to. He has helped a lot of people come through difficult circumstances.' Peter Johnson, chairman of the Variety Club Northern Region, added: 'It's great to raise so much money, especially when it's so tight for everyone financially. I would like to give special mention to Bobby Pattinson and sponsor Classic Excel who raised a tremendous 40,000 between them.' PICTURES BY JIM APPLEBY www.jimappleby.co.uk

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