Casino night in memory of popular landlord

A Heanor businesswoman is to turn a local venue into a high rolling casino on Saturday - for a charity bash in memory of her late grandfather.

Kym Sewell, who runs her own accountancy firm on High Street in the town, is hosting the event at the Sunnyside Club on Burnthouse Road on behalf of popular pub landlord John Mee, who died of heart disease in 2010.

All proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Kim, 30, of Porterhouse Road, said: “Organising these events in memory of my grandad has been hard work but also something we really wanted to do to mark the third anniversary.

“It’s nice that we will be raising funds to help the BHF to continue their vital research to fight heart disease.”

John Mee ran both the Red Lion and Rays Arms in Heanor during his 20 years in the trade.

Kym said her grandfather, who used to run his own casino charity bashes for Macmillan, was loved in the local area. At his funeral at St lawrence Church there was standing room only, she said.

On Sunday 21 April Kym and John’s four daughters are also hosting the , the John Mee Memorial Fishing Match at Erewash Canal, just down from the Langley Mill Basin towards Shipley. Registration is from 9.30am with fishing from 10am until 2.30pm, followed by the weigh-in. Entry is £5 per person and participants will need a rod licence, although water fees have been waivered.

The prize for the winner is an annual fishing pass for the Coal Board Waters, including Mapperley. The presentation will be held from 3pm at Sunnyside Working Mens Club with food and a disco to follow.

The casino night tickets are £3 in advance or £3.50 on the night and include betting money and a pie and pea supper. There is an optional ‘dress to impress’ theme with prizes for the best outfits.

For more information about the events, or to purchase advance tickets for the Casino Night, visit Sunnyside Working Mens Club, or call Kym on 07814 913414.