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THRILLED: Inspirational MBE to speak at Abbots Charity Gala

 Published on: 18th October 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Athlete and retired Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service, Paula Craig MBE will be speaking at the Abbots Langley charity, DEMAND’s fundraising Gala this November.

The Gala dinner is set to be held on Friday, November 15 at Shendish Manor Hotel in Apsley and aims to raise funds to support the charity’s life-changing disability equipment service.

Paula, who served in the Metropolitan Police Service for 26 years, is the first woman to complete the London Marathon as both a runner and a wheelchair athlete.

She will be speaking at the charity event about her experience as a wheelchair user and her take on the important role charities such as DEMAND play in the lives of many disabled people and their families.

Organiser of the event, Denise Gillies, said: “We are thrilled to have Paula’s support at our third Charity Gala. The charity is approaching its 40th year, in which time our work has positively impacted the lives of over 35,000 people.

“Guests are sure to be captivated by Paula’s determination and drive, and entertained by our talented and comical host, Neil Ben. We’d love to see supporters both old and new at our Gala event to celebrate a year of fantastic life-changing work.”

All proceeds raised on the night will support DEMAND’s disability design services which help people find the solutions they need when nothing suitable exists.

New life-enhancing design projects will be revealed on the night, with guests invited to pledge their support to ensure the projects go ahead and resulting designs can help hundreds if not thousands of disabled people.

Local multi-award-winning producer, director and comedian Neil Ben will be hosting the evening, which will be complete with prize draw, silent auction, live music from The Triple Deckers, a brilliant Blues Brothers tribute act and beguiling magic from Hertfordshire’s Martin Gladdish.

Details, tickets and information on corporate sponsorship packages are available at

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