Char­ity boost for sick kids thanks to sport­ing events

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

A La­nark­shire char­ity re­ceived a bumper cash boost this New Year – thanks to a host of sport­ing events held in 2018.

Les Hoey’s Dream­maker Foun­da­tion – which ar­ranges treats for chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing dis­eases – re­ceived a cheque for £2700 from Fsg/gold­star Pro­mo­tions.

The com­pany, part-owned by Both­well busi­ness­man Fran­cis Gil­lu­ley who also runs the pop­u­lar Fight­ing Scots Gym in Bell­shill, puts on sport­ing events all year round, with pro­ceeds from ticket sales and auc­tions be­ing do­nated to the good cause.

Such events in 2018 in­cluded evenings with box­ing le­gends Tommy ‘The Hit­man’ Hearns, Tyson Fury and Roy Jones Ju­nior, as well as foot­ball nights with for­mer Rangers man­ager Wal­ter Smith, and ex­play­ers Lee Mccul­loch, Ian Durrant and Barry Fer­gu­son.

And a fur­ther £600 will also be do­nated fol­low­ing the auc­tion of a signed Mike Tyson box­ing glove last month.

Fran­cis told the Ad­ver­tiser: “We host a num­ber of events through­out the year and work closely with Les Hoey and his Dream­maker Foun­da­tion, sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing the won­der­ful work they do for chil­dren across La­nark­shire and the wider Glas­gow area.

“We met with Les prior to Christ­mas to hand over the cheque for £2700. How­ever, we were de­lighted to host our an­nual Box­ing Day auc­tion of a signed Mike Tyson box­ing glove, which raised a fur­ther £600 for the char­ity.

“We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the char­ity in 2019.”

Mean­while, the next FSG event set to take place with pro­ceeds for the char­ity, is an even­ing with for­mer Celtic man­agers Neil Len­non, who is cur­rently at the helm at Hibs, and Gor­don Stra­chan.

The event, which in­cludes a Q&A ses­sion, en­ter­tain­ment, sto­ries from the game, and photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, will take place at Mother­well Con­cert Hall and Theatre on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15. For tick­ets please visit the web­site Cul­ture North La­nark­shire or call 01698 403120.

Mean­while, Les Hoey’s Dream­maker Foun­da­tion are look­ing for peo­ple to take part in the Glas­gow Kilt­walk on April 28 and help raise money for their small char­ity.

Les said: “Firstly, a huge thank you for the con­tin­ued sup­port from Fsg/gold­star Pro­mo­tions, it is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. And sec­ondly, we are re­ceiv­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions daily for the Glas­gow Kilt­walk. If you would like to sup­port the foun­da­tion, then we have dis­count codes for the 23-mile and 15-mile walks.

“Please call the of­fice on 01698 651 789 for your code.”

Up­com­ing Neil Len­non and Gor­don Stra­chan will be ap­pear­ing

Gen­er­ous Frank (left) hands over the char­ity cheque to Les

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