Race night’s ‘tan-tastic’ charity double

CAUGHT SOME RAYS?: From left: Sudbury firefighters Andy Message, Paul Carrington and Greg Andersen got a spray tan for charity.
CAUGHT SOME RAYS?: From left: Sudbury firefighters Andy Message, Paul Carrington and Greg Andersen got a spray tan for charity.

A charity race night at Sudbury Fire Station on Friday beat all expectations to more than double the fundraising target.

Firefighters Paul Carrington and Andy Message helped arrange the event, which raised more than £2,500 for CDH UK, which provides support for children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

CDH UK was chosen after Mr Carrington’s two-year-old son, Frank, survived the condition, where children are born with no diaphragm or a hole in it.

Mr Message said: “We couldn’t believe we raised that amount. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback and it was good to raise money for two causes so close to our hearts.”

The event attracted about 160 people keen to back a winner, and was supported by a number of businesses.

Mr Carrington, Mr Message and Greg Andersen, pictured, raised an additional £450 by having a sponsored fake tan, provided by White Diamond Beauty from Sudbury, on the night.