Variety, Children's Charity and the Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund black tie dinner

PUBLISHED: 01:16 17 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013

Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Real Radio

Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Real Radio

Prepare for a summer of sport with some of the region's big names at an event in Gateshead in aid of Variety, the Children's Charity and the Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund

Some of the regions brightest sporting stars will come together at a special event in Gateshead next month. Olympians and Paralympians past and present are on the guest list for the night which has been organised to raise money for Variety, the Childrens Charity and the Evening Chronicles Sunshine Fund.

The event will celebrate the achievements of athletes from the North East and is intended to give a boost to the Olympians of the future. All funds raised on the night will be directed towards the sick, disabled and disadvantaged in the region.

Stephen Miller from Cramlington, who has won three gold, a silver and a bronze medal in throwing events at four Paralympic Games, said: Providing aspirations for future Olympians and Paralympians is extremely important, there is a lot of talent in the North East, and the event that these two charities are holding will showcase that.

And Charlie Spedding from Bishop Auckland, who took bronze in the 1984 Olympic marathon in Los Angeles, added: I am very much looking forward to the event.

The Olympic games meant a huge amount to me, so its great to be able to celebrate the success of the North East Olympians.

The event will be held on Friday May 11th at the Hilton Hotel and Newcastles Samantha Foggo, who swam at the Barcelona Games in 1992 will also be there. She said: It is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to Olympians both past and present, as well as inspiring pride in our future Olympians and Paralympians.

And Mike McLeod, from Dilston, who competed in the 10,000 metres at the 1984 Olympics added: The celebration of North East Olympians will really push sports among the younger generation with the intense coverage that the events will attract.

Among the other sports stars who will be at the event will be Commonwealth Games cyclist Joe Waugh, former IBF cruiserweight
champion Glen McCrory from Annfield Plain and Jack Charlton who said: I am honoured and thrilled to be associated with this event and the links that it creates with two charities and aspirations of future Olympians in the North East.

Get your tickets

The black tie dinner event will be hosted by TVs Pam Royle and Geoff Brown. Tickets cost 1000 for a table of 10 and area available from 0191 214 5959 or 0191 201 6289. Entry includes drinks reception, dinner, raffle and entertainment.

There will also be an auction, run by Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Real Radio, which will feature some exclusive Olympic memorabilia.

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