St George celebration in Emsworth raises over £5,000

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MORE than £5,000 was raised for charity following the St George’s Day celebrations in Emsworth.

Members of Emsworth Business Association gathered at Spice Village restaurant to present a cheque of £5,100 to Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crisp, Commander of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery on Thorney Island.

The cash will go to the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund, a cause which supports soldiers going through difficult times.

It was the total sum raised during the St George’s week celebrations in April, which included a military parade, a jazz evening, a curry night and a quiz.

The cheque was presented by Abdul Ahad, proprietor of Spice Village, on behalf of local businesses.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, the association’s chairman, said: ‘This is a tremendous achievement from businesses and residents in our town. They really do appreciate the work and duty performed by the men and women of 47 Regiment and we are proud also that Abdul kindly presented the cheque on our behalf.’