Referee Howard Webb to visit area for Harbour Place's Celebrity Evening
ONE of the world’s top referees will be showing the red card to homelessness when he visits the area to support a local charity.
Howard Webb – the big bald British referee, who famously officiated the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands, will be visiting The Beachcomber for Harbour Place’s 16th Annual Celebrity Evening.
Comedian Mick Miller, who starred alongside Jonny Vegas in Ideal, and renowned magician Steve Short will also be on the bill for the event on Thursday, November 15 – the biggest fundraising event of the year for the charity, which operates a day centre to help the homeless and socially excluded.
Harbour Place project co-ordinator Dave Carlile said: “It will be a really big night for us and anyone who comes along. Howard Webb is statistically one of the best referees that the world has ever seen and I bet he’s got some great stories to tell.
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“Mick Miller is a really funny guy and with both him and Howard there, I think this is going to be one of the biggest events of the year in North East Lincolnshire.”
About 450 people visited Harbour Place last year, but visitor numbers this year indicate that an extra 260 people will have used their services – a rise of more than 50 per cent.
A grant from the National Lottery funds between 50 and 60 per cent of the work the charity does, although the rest is covered by the funds raised through events like this celebrity dinner.
However, their National Lottery Funding runs out next year and without it, the charity may have to “revisit” the services it can offer.
Mr Carlile said the financial boost from the celebrity evening couldn’t come at a better time.
He said: “During the recession, things have got even harder for the people that are struggling the most which is why we have seen increased visitor numbers. The problem is that funding becomes that much harder to come by, as well.
“Next year, our National Lottery funding runs out and if our application for more is unsuccessful, it may well be that we have to revisit the services we offer.
“Even if we do get funding, we are almost certain that we will need to increase our fundraising efforts to expand our services further, so we can help the people who need it.”
The event takes place at The Beachcomber, Humberston, on Thursday, November 15, from 7pm. Tickets cost £50, which includes entertainment and a three-course meal, or £60 which includes a VIP reception with the celebrities.
For tickets and raffle tickets visit Harbour Place, call 01472 344118, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit The Beachcomber or call 01472 812666, or visit www.harbourplace.org.uk.