Abbeydale Sports Club in Sheffield was the venue for a charity luncheon for The Primary Club, on what should have been “Brexit Day” – 29th March. The home of great cricketers Michael Vaughan and Joe Root was judged to be an ideal location for a Primary Club fund raiser.

Guest speaker Lord Blunkett attracted an audience of over one hundred guests who not only enjoyed his presentation, but also a sumptuous three course lunch. Lord Blunkett spoke of the challenges of being blind and some personal experiences not likely to be encountered by others similarly visually impaired – such as having Her Majesty The Queen offer to cut up his food!

A Grand Auction followed with items such as sailing in the Adriatic, driving a racing car and a tour of the Peak District in a vintage taxi all being keenly bid for. Primary Club member Alistair Firth conducted the auction in a most professional and humorous way, ensuring top bids were received for all the lots on offer.

A raffle contributed as well, and joint organiser Primary Club member John Spalton commented that the grand total of £6800 raised had exceeded expectations. Master of Ceremonies Primary Club member David Bentley was effusive with his thanks to all who had so generously supported the occasion, especially Lord Blunkett and the sponsors of the auction items, together with all the guests who had attended.