Colts host first gala dinner in aid of Macmillan

Carrick Rangers U13 Squad
Carrick Rangers U13 Squad

Carrick Rangers Colts will host their first ever gala dinner in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support their charity partner for this season.

The event will take place at Belfast Loughshore Hotel on Saturday March 4.

Jack Stewart U13's.

Jack Stewart U13's.

A drinks reception will be followed by a three-course meal.

Football impressionist and star of TV and radio, Darren Farley will “kick off “ the night’s entertainment.

Darren has been a regular on some of the biggest football TV and radio shows including “Soccer AM”, “Football Focus” and “Question of Sport”.

High energy musical entertainment is on offer when “The Collective” take to the stage.

Pictured with Nathan Hanley and Aaron Callaghan are James Walsh, Leo Evangelista, Jack Stewart(U13s) and Ryan Stewart(U16s).

Pictured with Nathan Hanley and Aaron Callaghan are James Walsh, Leo Evangelista, Jack Stewart(U13s) and Ryan Stewart(U16s).

In addition, there will be a raffle with a host of prizes up for grabs.

The event will compered by Liam Beckett.

Explaining the link with Macmillan Cancer Support, Club chairman Brian Hamilton said: “Our under-13s and one of our U16 squads currently wear the logo of Macmillan Cancer Support on their match shirts.

“These were funded by three local companies, David Norris Heating and Plumbing, Adrian Stewart Heating and Plumbing and Jumping Clay which requested this in place of their own company logo. We, as a club, felt that Macmillan would therefore be an excellent charity partner for this season and the gala dinner is the perfect opportunity to give something back to an organisation which do such tremendous work for those affected by cancer in our community.”

David Norris, who lost his wife Lynne, aged 30, to cancer in October 2013 and just 10 weeks after the birth of their daughter, Georgia, had no hesitation in financially supporting Macmillan Cancer Support having their logo emblazoned on the Carrick Rangers Colts shirts.

He explained: “Losing Lynne to cancer was absolutely devastating and we, as a family, will always be very grateful for the help and support offered by Macmillan.”

Carrick Rangers FC has also been supportive of the charity partnership. As well as a pitch-side advertising board, this weekend will see the team wear the Macmillan logo on the shorts of their “one off” Kit for the League Cup Final when they take on Ballymena United at Seaview.

Tickets are still available for the gala dinner by contacting either Adrian 07940 493247 or Craig 0789 6643439.