A CHARITY event in Ardrossan raised more than £1,600 for two worthwhile charities.

Organised by Team Symington, a charity pub quiz was held in Ardrossan’s Civic Centre on April 28 and the £1,651 raised will be split between the Beatson and the Ayrshire Hospice.

Held in memory of Ian Symington, the group behind the event plan to host something ever year to remember and celebrate his life.

Stephanie Symington, Ian’s daughter, said: “I am truly overwhelmed with the support that we have received and from the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone that was involved with the Pub Quiz.

“I want to thank my incredible volunteers, as without them the night would not have ran as smoothly as it did, Bobby’s Bar for supplying the bar for the evening – they did amazing as ever, Westcoast Disco’s Ayrshire for being the DJ for the evening – they kept everyone dancing all night long, all of the companies that donated raffle prizes – we had an amazing spread of prizes and everyone was very pleased with their winnings, our sponsors who could not attend the evening but still made a contribution to our total.

“I also want to thank everyone that attended the event, bought doughnuts and raffle tickets. Without all of these amazing attendees the night would not have been a success, you were all a great crowd and I hope that you all had an amazing time.”

Planning for their next event will get underway soon and it is hoped that the next event is as big a success.

Stephanie added: “I had hoped to say a few words about my dad and the charities on the actual night but felt a bit overwhelmed and I was worried that I would get upset in the process. I do not want these nights to ever be a sad affair – dad wouldn’t have wanted that.

“Dad would have wanted the money raised to do good in his name and I can assure you, from first hand experience of dealing with both charities, that your money will not be wasted. Every last penny will be put towards a helping someone that is terminally ill or going through cancer treatment. I want everyone that put money towards this event to feel proud – as a team we have raised this amazing sum together.”