Public asked to support fundraising sportsman’s dinner

Janice (centre) at the end of her previous trek to Jordan
Janice (centre) at the end of her previous trek to Jordan
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A star-studded sportsman’s dinner in Kirkcaldy could be in jeopardy if local people don’t show their support by buying tickets.

Janice Allan (57), and her husband Billy, a local taxi operator, have planned the charity dinner at Charley’s bar in Dunearn Drive for May 23 to boost Janice’s funds for her planned trek to Uganda next January in aid of our Maggie’s Centre.

However, as of yesterday (Wednesday), the event, which will feature appearances by former FIFA referee and local man, John Rowbotham, and Scottish footballing legend Willie Johnston, had only sold around a dozen tickets.

Billy explained that the couple had put a deadline of May 16 for people to buy tickets, or else the event would have to be cancelled.

He said: “We have had lots of people saying they want tickets, but they haven’t come forward and actually bought them.

‘‘We can’t arrange such a big event on the back of promises of sales.”

“We have had to put on a deadline. If the tickets aren’t sold by then we can cut our losses and scrap it. It’s a dinner, with wine on the table, and we can’t ask Charley to cater for 70 if we only sell two dozen or so tickets.

“Most of those taking part have given their services for free, and as the whole aim of the event is to make money to help Janice get to Uganda - there’s no point in us making a loss.”

Tickets for the event, which will feature question and answer sessions with the special guests, are £25 and the price includes a two-course meal with wine.

There will also be a raffle, with prizes up including a Manchester United shirt signed by temporary manager and legendary footballer Ryan Giggs and two Fife Flyers tops, - one signed by fan’s favourite Dean Edmiston from the Gordon Latto Testimonial game and the other a match worn shirt signed by and signed byDerek King.

Janice said: “I would just like people to join me for a fun evening, with good food, nice wine and great entertainment.

‘‘I decided to do another trek for Maggie’s Centre as it is an amazing and wonderful place of sanctuary - not just for the person who has cancer but for their family and friends too.”

Tu Edwards, Maggie’s Fife centre fundraiser, added: “Janice puts so much hard work and effort into her fundraising events to raise as much money as possible for us. Anyone who knows Janice knows that she is enthusiastic, positive and committed to helping people with cancer in Fife. I hope as many people as possible will support her with this event.”

Tickets are available from Charley’s bar or from Billy on 07754 088602.