John’s sportsman’s dinners are on the ball for charity

Charity dinner organiser John Casey (second right) with speakers Willie Young, Frank McAvennie and John McKelvie

Charity dinner organiser John Casey (second right) with speakers Willie Young, Frank McAvennie and John McKelvie

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The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has received a £1250 funding boost, thanks to Uddingston man John Casey.

John (70) organised this year’s sportsmen’s dinner to raise money for CHAS and the Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill.

The dinner which John described as being a traditional ‘Men’s Smoker’ was held in Burnhead Bowling Club. Following the three course meal, the after dinner speakers were retired police officer and football referee John McKelvie, retired referee Willie Young, and former West Ham and Celtic football player Frank McAvennie.

The speakers raised lots of laughter with their humorous stories and anecdotes.

John, who worked in the building trade and latterly was employed with Blue Circle, has been involved in community and charity ventures most of his life. He used to enjoy attending sportsmen’s dinners which were organised by a local amateur football club. When these stopped, he decided to organise an annual dinner for various charities. In six years he has raised £10,900.

Each year the money is given to two charities. As well as CHAS and McDonald House which benefit from this year’s charity dinner, John will raise money next year for St Andrews Hospice and MPS (mucopolysaccharides) which are rare genetic disorders in children and adults.

This year has been the highest amount raised to date and John has already handed over the cheque to Samantha Reilly of CHAS who said: “As one of two beneficiaries, CHAS is overwhelmed to receive such support.”

John said: “It’s a pleasure to support such a worthwhile cause. I thank Burnhead Bowling Club, the caterers, sponsors, speakers and everyone who came along on the night.”