Chronicle-supported children’s charity Miles of Smiles held its annual Sportsman’s Dinner at the Slowboat where a total of £3,300 was raised.

The total was boosted by a donation of £900 from Chester-based Freemasons from the Loyal City and the Columbine lodges. The event was sponsored by Paul Edwards from PME Aerospace Inspection Limited, who is also a member of the Loyal City Lodge.

Following a sumptuous Chinese banquet the packed audience was entertained by former Premiership and World Cup referee Graham Poll and comedian Paul Boardman.

Brendan Oldfield, representing the Freemasons, said: “We are delighted to be able to help this local charity make sick and severely disabled children’s dreams come true.”

Chester FC manager Steve Burr was in attendance with his assistant Jon McCarthy and Chester Lions also helped to raise funds at the event.

Miles of Smiles would like to thank all who contributed towards the raffle – Paul Edwards, Chester Freemasons, Francis Ting and staff at the Slowboat – and Phil Hamilton for providing the PA system.