Christmas Charity Dinner

Christmas Charity Dinner

Thanks to the generosity of Mr Niel Patel, proprietor of Arti Restaurant in Harrogate Road Chapel Allerton who is providing the hospitality free of charge, Fabian is organising a dinner in aid of St Gemma's Hospice Moortown and the Silver Star Diabetes appeal. The dinner will be a super start to the festive season. The cost is modest and two very worthwhile charities will be supported. All the proceeds from the evening will be divided equally between the two charities and the full accounts for the event will be published on this web site.

We are delighted to be able to welcome two guest speakers to the dinner.

John Healey Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne: John was Minister of State for Housing and Planning in the Department for Communities and Local Government in the former Labour government and is now Shadow Health Secretary.
Bill Kilgallon Chief Executive of St Gemma's in Leeds: The dinner will take place just a few days after John retires from his work at St Gemma's and before his intended emigration to New Zealand.

There will be a choice of Indian dishes including a vegetarian option. There will be a raffle with prizes and an envelope raffle where the main prize will be an invitation to call on Fabian at Westminster in London for a welcome and tour of the Houses of Parliament.

The star fund raising event of the dinner will be the auction of a road / racing bicycle that Fabian has donated. It is a cycle manufactured by Fondriest and is the Molven model. It has a lightweight aluminium frame and 18 Campagnola gears. Fabian is now a keen cyclist himself and developing his fitness has been part of his strategy to help the diabetes that he was recenty diagnosed with.

A greater understanding of diabetes has led to Fabian learning the certain ethnic communities are at much greater risk than others to developing this condition. The Silver Star Diabtes Appeal provides travelling clinics to look for diabetes through simple blood testing. Fabian arranged for a Silver Start clinic to visit the Jewish and Asian Communities in the constituency earlier this year.

The work of St Gemma's Hospice needs almost no introduction and there can be few people in Leeds NE who do not know of at least one family with a loved one who has been cared for by the brilliant and compassionate St Gemma's team in the last days of their life. The dinner will offer those attending a chance to say thank you to Bill Kilgannon for the way he has led St Gemma's over past years and made it an indispensable part of our community.

Tickets are priced at £15 (£10 unwaged) and are available from the constituency office at 335 Rounday Road, Leeds LS8 4HR Telephone 0113 249 6600. Places are limited and tickets must ne purchased in advance.