Return of gala charity dinner

Last year's gala dinner, with, front from left, Edith Bowman, Sir Alex Ferguson and Eleanor Bowman (picture by FPA)
Last year's gala dinner, with, front from left, Edith Bowman, Sir Alex Ferguson and Eleanor Bowman (picture by FPA)
  • Annual dinner
  • Sam Allardyce guest
  • Superb auction
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One of the area’s leading charity events is set for its annual comeback, with yet another gallery of great prizes endorsed by top celebrities.

A signed theatre programme from Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch is among the attractions on offer at the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal’s gala fundraising dinner.

We’re really lucky that we get the support we do.

Eleanor Bowman

This year’s event is taking place at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews on October 25.

The theme of a special discussion with a football flavour is being replayed this year, with ex-player and former Newcastle, Bolton and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce being interviewed by music author, Sky Arts TV and BBC radio presenter Edith Bowman.

Last year’s event featured an appearance by Sir Alex Ferguson and proved extremely popular.

The East Neuk appeal has been running for 26 years and has raised over £500,000, with Edith’s mother, Eleanor, one of its main forces and a principal organiser of the gala dinner.

Chairman once again will be comedian Andy Cameron, who’ll be sharing the top table with after-dinner speaker Eric Davidson, and Adger Brown, long connected with the Variety Club of Great Britain, along with Fife Provost Jim Leishman, and others.

Among the superb prizes up for auction are tickets for the Scottsh BAFTA awards in November, a signed flag from The Open golf tournament, with a picture of the great Tom Watson at the Swilcan Bridge; entry to various four-ball tournaments, and more.

The appeal raises money to provide a variety of powered wheelchairs, scooters, recliners and manual chairs for people with mobility needs, as well as contributing to worthy causes.

Eleanor Bowman MBE said: “We’re really lucky that we get the support we do,” adding the team was very grateful for the help it received for all its events. Anyone wishing to attend can contact Eleanor on 01333 310985 or email her at elebow@hotmail.co.uk