Sunderland, AFC, UK
Niall Quinn is to help launch an exciting proms night at the Stadium of Light to raise cash for “bubble” children.
Northern Proms CIC are holding a variety concert at the SoL later this year to benefit the Bubble Foundation, a charity which helps to fund high-tech treatment for tiny children.
And Sunderland chairman Quinn will join two other local celebrities – TV agony aunt Denise Robertson and Durham County Cricket Club president Tom Moffat – at a special media launch this Friday (March 28 from 1pm) at the Stadium of Light.
The variety concert, to be held on Saturday May 24 on a specially erected stage inside the SoL, will include an evening of entertainment from a host of top musicians, entertainers and groups.
All profits from the event are going to the Bubble Foundation UK, which raises funds to help children who suffer from a rare, inherited condition called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or SCID, in the children’s bone marrow transplant unit at Newcastle.
Children who suffer from the deficiency are born without an immune system and cannot fight infection. The only way of keeping them safe from infection is to care for them in a “bubble” – a high-tech sterile space, measuring eight square feet.
The concert will take place within the Stadium of Light’s main internal seating bowl, located outdoor but under cover within the (main) West Stand.
The stage is erected every summer by SAFC to stage several high-profile events during the close season.
Entertainment will include Bobby Thompson tribute Tony Washington, soprano Carole Marnoch, tenor Jon Grave, the Stokes Collins School of Irish Dancing, the Tavistock Chester-le-Street Riverside Band and the Youth Connection Youth Theatre, as well as The Word, an anti-racist rap group based at Thornhill School in Sunderland.
Tickets are priced £20 for adults on the night (£15 pre-booked) and £15 for children on the night (£10 pre-booked).
Family-of-four tickets (two adults and two children) are priced £50 on the night (£40 pre-booked). Group bookings can also be made, with tickets £10 for adults and £7 for children in groups of 15 or more (pre-booked).
Meanwhile, there’s also a range of top-class corporate packages available, along with executive box opportunities, where a range of bars will be open throughout the event.
Tickets are available from Sunderland AFC on 0845 671 1973, Tom Moffat on 0191 388 0421 or Keith Moffat on 0191 3886529.
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