Best friend organises charity dinner and raises £28,500

With the help of family and friends, Paul Knight organised a charity dinner in Cheltenham to support best friend Gareth Gwillim, who was diagnosed with colon cancer. 

It raised a tremendous total of £28,500, with £10,000 going to CLIC Sargent, one of Gareth's chosen charities.

Best friend organises charity dinner and raises £28,500

A huge success

The evening was a huge success, with 465 guests enjoying entertainment such as a raffle and auction with some impressive prizes, including a helicopter ride.

Former professional rugby player Paul had a target to raise £20,000 for Gareth's chosen charities, CLIC Sargent and Cancer Research, but the final total stands at a huge £28,500.

A donation of £10,000 was generously given to CLIC Sargent, while £10,000 was donated to Cancer Research and the rest went towards a holiday for Gareth and his family, as well as hospital equipment.

Paul said: “Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated money towards the dinner.

“A cancer diagnosis creates a whole host of challenges for children and their families to overcome.

"CLIC Sargent helps with those challenges in so many ways, so it’s so rewarding to be able to offer them this support.”

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Laura Penry said: “We are so grateful for all of Paul's hard work.

"He worked so hard to get some amazing prizes for the raffle and organising such a fantastic evening.

“Once again thank you all for your amazing support.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Laura Penry on 0117 311 2655 or email: