Sportsman’s dinner aims to help Jarrow hospice

From left, Carl Mowatt, Kevin Ball and Sonia Graham.
From left, Carl Mowatt, Kevin Ball and Sonia Graham.

Two former Sunderland football favourites will be hoping to score a fundraising goal in the new year.

Ex-Black Cats’ manager Peter Reid and former skipper Kevin Ball are to host a sportsman’s dinner in aid of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

The charity provides pallative care to people with a life limiting condition and needs to raise £1.4million a year to stay in business.

The event, sponsored by Vic Young South Shields Ltd and CTS (Car Parts Trade Supplies Ltd), will take place at the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, on Friday, March 4.

Senior fundraiser Sonia Graham said: “We are delighted to have such high-profile football icons involved in our event. We anticipate the night will be a huge success and expect that tickets will sell fast.”

Kevin Ball racked up 388 first-team appearances during his time at Roker Park and the Stadium of Light before taking on roles at the Academy of Light.

He said: “I am looking forward to Peter and I doing this one-off fundraising event. I am sure the night will involve lots of laughter as we share the great times we had with football!”

Peter Reid managed Sunderland between 1995 and 2002 and led the team to the Premier League.

The night will be compéred by Graham Foster and ticket prices will include a two-course meal, supplied by Otto Restaurant.

There are three types of ticket available; standard for £40, and a £70 VIP option, which includes a drinks reception with Peter and Kevin and a signed photo.

There are also a very limited number of VIP exclusive dine tickets for £100 which give VIP access plus seats to dine at Peter and Kevin’s table.

Hedworth Hall manager Carl Mowatt said: “I am delighted to have Peter back at the Hedworth Hall alongside Kevin Ball.

“I am also pleased that another of our sportsman’s dinner nights will go towards helping another local-based charity.”

Organisers of the event are looking for auction and raffle prizes.

Tickets are on sale now from Hedworth Hall or St Clare’s Hospice, online at www.stclareshospice.co.uk or by phone from 0191 451 6378.