A charity dinner dance will celebrate the 40th anniversary of a children’s football federation’s clubhouse – as well as raising much needed funds for our Hospice Heroes appeal.
The event has been organised by the Bispham Junior Football Federation (BJFF), which earlier this year struck up a partnership with Brian House and Trinity Hospice.
This year marks 40 years since its Kelvin Road clubhouse was opened Bobby Charlton in November 1973.
Money for our appeal will be made through a charity auction, where bidders can win one of several top prizes donated from the foundation’s supporters. Hospice Heroes is aiming to raise £200,000, which will be put towards Trinity Hospice and Brian House’s grant of £280,000 from the Government to radically change the hospice, making it fit for the future.
The work involves creating four new single rooms with en-suite facilities at Trinity, as well as replacing warped windows. Brian House will be made brighter, safer and more appropriate for the changing needs of visiting children.
Mike Hartley from the foundation said: “Hopefully we can make as much money from the auction as possible, and all proceeds will be going to Hospice Heroes.
“The generosity of the organisations supporting us has been fantastic. It’s going to be a brilliant night.”
The night will be compered by Tony Jo and will feature entertainment from Gaz Jenkins, The Deadbeats Party Band and magician Mark Woodsford.
Special guests on the night include Brian Rose, fresh from his boxing win on Saturday, Linda Nolan and Blackpool FC academy manager Ciaran Donnelly, who is a former BJFF player.
Mike added: “The Gazette needs to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House so it’s important that we all pull together to help out.” Tickets are still available for Saturday’s event at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool, and donations are welcome for the charity auction.
For details, call Mike on 07771 602221.