THE London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury came alive on Saturday afternoon with race goers attending an exciting and glamorous Charity Race Night held in support of St Luke’s Hospice.
The historic Cruise Terminal was transformed into a race course, with paddock, steel band, Pimms reception and even horses! Inside the main hall, ladies in their best frocks and hats, enjoyed picnic hampers under a blue sky with white fluffy clouds projected on to the majestic domed ceiling. Everyone soon got into the spirit of the evening as they cheered on their horses to the winning post. Sarah Viccars, daughter of Port of Tilbury’s Cruise Manager, Lynda, celebrated her 21st birthday with her family and friends and was delighted to have picked the winner in the first race.
Heart SX Radio presenter Su Harrison presented raffle and auction prizes which had been kindly donated by local businesses. Two cruises leaving from the London Cruise Terminal on the Marco Polo were donated by
Cruise & Maritime Voyages. A mini- cruise to Amsterdam resulted in an exciting bidding war during the auction before the auctioneer’s hammer finally closed the deal.
Helen Mitchener, Operations Manager of Cruise & Maritime Voyages said, “We have had the privilege of sailing in and out of the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury for many years and hope to continue to do so.
The event was a great success and we were delighted to support such a worthy cause.”
As a finale to the evening, Eurovision Song Contest contestant Josh Dubovie entertained the race-goers with a selection of popular songs, followed by a disco where revellers partied into the early hours!
Heather Penny, Corporate Co-ordinator at St Luke’s Hospice Basildon said, “I’d like to thank Port of Tilbury for their considerable support and use of this unique venue. Other sponsors included Tilbury Taxis, Festival Leisure Park and Costcos. Volunteers from Fords set up for the event on Friday and the Ladbrokes team also worked tirelessly all night managing the races and the tote. I’d like to thank everyone for attending and supporting us this year’.
Everyone agreed that it was a really enjoyable and successful evening. There had been a few wins and a few losses among the punters but the real winner was St Luke’s Hospice as the event raised over £5,000 for this great cause.