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A grand night out for Tracey; CLUB EVENTS RAISE pounds 1,000 TO BUY A WHEELCHAIR.

A COVENTRY nightclub which sparked a city trend for charity nights on Sundays has raised pounds 1,000 to buy a wheelchair for a young woman.

Generations nightclub, in Ford Street, city centre, raised cash for Tracey Harding through raffles and collections on two charity evenings. The fund- raising events, which allow the club to serve until 11.30 on Sunday nights, have proved a hit with the public.

Generations promotions manager Jo Haggarty said: "Both evenings were a tremendous success and we would like to thank the licensing officer for giving us permission to hold the charity nights and also the public, who helped us reach our pounds 1,000 target for Tracey."

Tracey, aged 27, who now lives in Tamworth, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which affects the nervous system, last year.

She said: "I feel very touched that people in Coventry have done this for me. I recently bought an electric bath and hand rails for the house and I thought it would be ages before I would be able to buy my own wheelchair." It was Tracey's sister Julie, manager at Flare's pub, in Spon Street, who suggested that Mr Haggarty raise funds to buy Tracey a wheelchair and she collected the cheque.

She said: "I feel over the moon. Tracey needs all the help she can get and we are really grateful to Jo for his concern and interest."

Generations raised pounds 300 during its first charity night three weeks ago to buy tracksuits for the Coventry Schools' Football Association.

The club has been approached by several other Coventry charities which are interested in holding charity nights at the venue.

Ikon nightclub, part of the SkyDome leisure complex, has also caught on to the Sunday night charity trend and is holding an evening in aid of the Evening Telegraph/Mercia FM Snowball Appeal this Sunday.
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Author:Diver, Krysia
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 25, 2000
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