A SPORTSMEN’S dinner on February 21, organised by Sale Lions, aims to raise money for charity Meningitis Now to help fight back against the disease.

A few tickets are still available for the event, which is being held at Sale Conservative Club, Dane Road, Sale.

Event organiser Geoff Homer said: “This will be a really enjoyable evening – with great comedy and great food on offer. We hope you can join us and contribute to this vital and lifesaving cause whilst having a fun night out.”

The main speaker at the event is comedy sports impressionist Kevin Connelly, from TV’s Dead Ringers, with comedy also provided by Mike Kelly. Tickets for the evening cost £26, to include a four course meal.

“We have held this event for many years now,” Geoff added.

“I suggested we support Meningitis Now because my mother, who is now 85-years-old, contracted the disease when she was a young woman, leaving her with serious hearing problems.

“It was surprising how many fellow club members could relate to the disease, either through a relative or a friend, and the charity was unanimously chosen as the beneficiary of the dinner.”

Sale Lions is a club affiliated to Lions Clubs International, which is the largest service organisation in the world.

The club has served the Sale community for nearly 43 years. The Lions motto is ‘We Serve’ and its aim is to provide practical help to those less fortunate through fundraising. The sportsmen’s dinner is one of the Sale club's major fundraising events.

Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7.30pm, are available from Geoff Homer. Email geoff.homer@talktalk.net or phone 07807 232625. Dress code is dinner or lounge suits as preferred.

Becky Dodd, Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now in the North West, said: “Our vision at Meningitis Now is a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.

“We’re really grateful to Geoff and Sale Lions for their support in our fight against the disease. With help like this we can make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”

Meningitis Now is a charity with almost 30 years’ experience. It was formed in 2013 by bringing together Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust, founders of the meningitis movement in the UK, and exists to save lives and rebuild futures through research, awareness and support.

For more information on the disease or for a free symptoms information pack, call Meningitis Now on 01453 768000 or visit www.meningitisnow.org. For the charity’s free symptoms app, visit www.meningitisapp.co.uk.