LIVERPOOL FC legend John Barnes will be the guest of honour at a special Sportsman’s Dinner hosted by the Make A Change For Ben campaign.
The evening aims to raise funds for the campaign and to pay tribute to the inspiration for the group, Ben Smith-Crallan ,who died at the age of 37 after falling into the lake at Botanic Gardens in Churchtown in Southport in June 2018.
Organisers want to raise as much money as possible to ensure the cleaning of the lake, the provision of water aeration fountains and safety railings along the water’s edge.
Barnes made 341 appearances for the Reds between 1987-97, winning the league title twice.
The Sportsman’s Dinner, organised by Ben’s cousin, Lucy Smith-Crallan, will take place at Bliss Hotel on the Promenade in Southport on Thursday, October 28.
Lucy said: “We really want this to be not only a fundraising event but also a night to remember Ben, who would have loved to be there.
“Let’s remember this cause can help prevent this from ever happening again.
“No family should have to go through losing someone so unnecessarily.”
Guests will be able to enjoy a three course meal, with a raffle and an auction on the night, with tickets £70 each. Tables of 8 will be discounted to £500 per table.
For tickets call Lucy on 07811391320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy is keen to secure any raffle or auction prizes for the Sportsman's Dinner.
She said: “If anyone has a local business or knows anyone with one who would be able to donate a raffle prize for the sportsman’s dinner that has been arranged in order to raise funds towards the lake being cleaned I’d be hugely grateful.
“Whether it be a voucher for a meal, a monetary donation, a haircut or a manicure just anything would support this great cause for the future of our community and in memory of Ben.
“We are also looking for big ticket auction items for the event so if you are feeling really generous or know anyone else who may be.”
To find out more, search for Make a Change for Ben on social media site Facebook.