Hot dog eating contest, raffle and games raise £1,000 for National Autistic Society at Ely fundraiser

Members of UK Warbirds Ice Hockey team.

Members of UK Warbirds Ice Hockey team. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people helped raise more than £1,000 for the National Autistic Society at a charity event in Ely.

Lining up the hot dogs.

Lining up the hot dogs. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people helped raise more than £1,000 for the National Autistic Society at a charity event in Ely.

The fundraiser, held at The King’s Arms and organised by Ely-based Milton Executive Cars, saw around 200 people take part in raffles, games and a hot dog eating competition.

Claire Thompson, business manager of Milton Executive Cars, said: “It was a really successful event.

“Twenty people took part in the hot dog eating contest, including members of Ely Tigers Rugby Club and UK Warbirds Ice Hockey.

Hot dog eating contest competitors.

Hot dog eating contest competitors. - Credit: Archant


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“The participants were given seven hotdogs each and two pints of water. They had three minutes to eat as many as they could without being sick.

“The winners were: Shaz Pakpourtabrizi (ate five and a half in three minutes); Nick Chalmers came second at just under five and a half, and Lee Coulson from Ely Tigers third.”

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Among the prizes won was a night in The Lord Mayor’s Cottage in Barton Mills, paintballing for 10 and a local band called Retro to play at a local event of their choice.

“It was epic,” added Mrs Thompson.

People at the fundraiser.

People at the fundraiser. - Credit: Archant

“They were dunking them in water. It was disgusting but it made for excellent viewing.”

There was also a raffle with prizes donated by a number of local businesses.

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