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Sudbury whiskey club set to host charity fundraiser

The chairman of a new whiskey club is hosting a fund-raising event to support charities close to his heart.

Benjamin Chappell recently set up Golden Knights, a monthly group which enables members to socialise, while taking part in whiskey tasting sessions.

Staged at The Mill Hotel tomorrow (Friday), members will be given an insight into the work of three charities, which have supported Mr Chappell and his family.

Charities receiving donations will include The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides free accommodation for families with children being treated in hospital.

The organisation supported Mr Chappell’s sister Zoe Skinner, whose terminally ill daughter remained in hospital for nine months.

“When my niece had a major seizure at five years old and had to go into hospital, the charity was really helpful,” said the 28-year-old.

Proceeds from the event will also be donated to The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which works to combat suicide among males, while providing a free confidential helpline.

Having suffered from depression, Mr Chappell, of Ryes Lane, Little Henny, highlighted the importance of men to feel comfortable about expressing their feelings or talking through problems.

“I will go to my barber and we will have a chat – that’s what should be happening,” he said.

Donations will also go to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), a charity which provides support for people suffering from loss of sight and visual impairment.

The event starts at 6.30pm. Go to www.goldenknights.club