Fundraising night for Gosport charity hit by vandals

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A VANDALISED cancer support centre is set to receive a cash boost from a charity fundraising night.

Entertainer Shep Woolley will host a night at Gosport Masonic Hall on Sunday, November 18 to raise funds for the Harbour Cancer Support Centre.

As previously reported in The News, the centre, above the bus station in South Street, Gosport, was broken into by vandals and trashed in September.

Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler, director of the centre, welcomed Mr Woolley’s plans.

She said: ‘It’s another great way that people are showing support for us and helping us to go forward and to put what’s happened behind us, which is the position we’re all in now.

‘It has been a very difficult few months as we’ve had to completely redecorate the centre and refurnish a big chunk of it following the vandalism.

‘We had to shut for one week but even though we’ve been open it hasn’t really been an ideal environment for clients.

‘We’ve always tried to make a warm inviting environment, but it certainly hasn’t been that for a period.

‘Having said that, we are getting there now, virtually back to it.’

Mr Woolley’s involvement started when he read the coverage of the vandalism and contacted Honorary Alderman Geoff O’Neill, former Mayor of Gosport.

Mr O’Neill said: ‘He read about it in The News and rang me up and said he’d really like to do something for them to raise some money to replace some of the things that were damaged.

‘He asked me if I’d help him arrange things from this end, which I was obviously delighted to do.

‘I spoke to Gosport Masonic Hall people and they agreed to give the hall for free for it.

‘All the profits we make for it will go to Harbour Cancer.

‘We’re hoping people will donate prizes and we’ll have a grand draw and raise a lot of money for it.’

For more information and to book tickets, contact Mr O’Neill on (023) 9235 8974 or via email on

· Police have arrested three teenagers over the incident. A 13-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys have been released on bail until November 22.