PUBGOERS can have a punt over a pint at a charity race night that promises to be a fun and atmospheric experience.

Eva Okun manages Jameson’s Bar in Mollison Way, Edgware and has organised the event on Saturday, March 31, at 7pm, with proceeds going to St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton, which provides palliative care for the terminally ill in Brent and Harrow and beyond.

The 27-year-old said: “I have worked in Jameson’s Bar for almost six years and I have seen a few of my customers or their family members being treated at the hospice and I know they have always got great support and help in St Luke’s in their hard times.

“This year is a special one for the hospice as they are celebrating their 25th anniversary and I thought I could do something for them.

“That is why I decided to raise money for St Luke’s by doing a skydive and by organising a race night in Jameson’s Bar.

“Everyone can expect great fun that night and I hope many people will come and support such a great cause.”

Ms Okun said she was particularly affected by the fight of one customer, lorry driver Terry McDonagh, who died from cancer in August last year, less than a year after diagnosis. Like Ms Okun, his twin daughters Stacey and Leanne, both 21, are taking part in St Luke’s Hospice’s charity skydive, jumping out of a plane at 10,000ft, on April 21.

Ms Okun added: “I know I’m going to be nervous beforehand but I love the adrenaline.”

Entry to the race night is free and there will be 10 horse races televised on the night with each bet costing £1.

St Luke’s Hospice has raised in excess of £220,000 in a year towards a £250,000 target to mark its 25th anniversary.

The Observer is helping the charity through our Showing We Care campaign which calls on readers to hold an event or make a donation.

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