Tyneside charity North East Homeless is hosting a fundraising gala at Sage Gateshead to celebrate its first year with charity status.

The ‘Feed the 5000’ gala, which takes place on Thursday 29th March 2018, marks both North East Homeless’s first year with charity status and serving 5000 meals to the homeless in the Newcastle area. It will see people from the region come together to raise money and awareness for the charity.

The event will be compèred by local presenter Steve Walls, and will include a drinks reception, four-course meal, auction and entertainment by comedian Gavin Webster, who appeared in the film ‘I, Daniel Blake.’

Sage Gateshead has provided the setting for the gala in its iconic venue, overlooking the River Tyne.

Brian Burridge, founder of North East Homeless, said: “We are very excited to be working with Sage Gateshead to host this event. The volunteers who work with North East Homeless work tirelessly to make sure our street friends are helped to get a hot meal and any help we can provide. We hope that this gala will not only raise money to help us continue our work, but will also raise awareness of what we do, to enable us to help more street friends in other areas of the North East.

“We are lucky to be joined by two very talented local performers who will provide entertainment for the evening. They are both very passionate about the work North East Homeless does, and have been incredibly supportive of us during this year.”

Steve Wallis said: “I am very happy to be involved with North East Homeless. It is such a worthwhile charity and does a lot to help the street friends in the local area. It was Mahatma Ghandi who said ‘a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.’ We can all do something to help those most in need.”

Gavin Webster said: “The North East has many people who have been forgotten. We can’t continue to ignore the people on the street who need our support. I am delighted to be performing at this event to draw attention to the people in our great city who need attention. Here’s to feeding the next 5000!”

Tickets for the Feed the 5000 gala are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feed-the-5000-gala-dinner-tickets-37634427586. Tables of 12 and 6 are available, as well as individual tickets. For further information contact northeasthomeless@gmail.com.

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