Club switch for John’s char­ity fundraiser

Busy time for or­gan­is­ers af­ter first venue closes

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Love

Fam­ily and friends of tragic John Fowler have fi­nally man­aged to se­cure an­other venue for his fundraiser - weeks af­ter they were forced to can­cel the sold-out event.

John’s brother James, along with friends Natalie Frew, Ju­nior Boal and Gor­don Ben­net, were des­per­ately scram­bling to find an­other venue for the me­mo­rial event which was due to take place on Septem­ber 2 at Cle­land Min­ers Club.

The group were shocked when they read on Face­book that the so­cial club had shut down un­ex­pect­edly leav­ing them without a venue.

They had al­ready sold 300 tick­ets and had spent hun­dreds of pounds print­ing tick­ets and on mer­chan­dise for the big night.

The or­gan­is­ers have now booked out Club 100 in Holy­town on Oc­to­ber 14.

Tal­ented foot­baller John, 26, sadly took his own life in Fe­bru­ary.

The night, in aid of Wishaw based Chris’s House, was or­gan­ised in a bid to raise aware­ness and com­bust the stigma around sui­cide.

James said: “Un­for­tu­nately we need to take in new or­ders for tick­ets as we have slightly less this time around. These can be or­dered now. If you had al­ready or­dered tick­ets for old event and they haven’t been paid you will need to or­der again.

“If you have al­ready paid for old tick­ets, you are guar­an­teed a ticket for new venue and one of the team will be in touch in the next week or two to drop off new tick­ets.

“If you can’t make the new date a full re­fund will be given.

“Once again thank you so much for your sup­port.

“It wouldn’t be pos­si­ble without you and we can’t wait to see you all at our new and im­proved venue.”

For­mer Cle­land Club lease hold­ers Paul and Ger­ard Gal­lacher blamed the lack of foot­fall at the club for the sud­den clo­sure ear­lier this month.

They said this meant they did not have the funds re­quired to main­tain the build­ing ei­ther and had no other choice but to close down.

Trib­ute John Fowler passed away in Fe­bru­ary

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