Northern Soul Night for Homelessness Charity

Northern Soul Night for Homelessness Charity

CARAVANNERS know how to party and are set to rock Knaresborough at the end of August with a Northern Soul night to raise funds for the homeless.

Holiday home owners of the Lido Leisure Park on the Wetherby Road were inspired to help out when Fran Lomax started selling raffle tickets at their on-site restaurant during the spring.

The Volunteer and Peer Development Co-ordinator with Turning Lives Around had been given sacks of soft toys by supporters at Royal Mail Wakefield and took them to her holiday park to use as prizes.

“Everyone wanted to know more about Turning Lives Around, which prevents homelessness, and when I explained what they did offered to help with other fund raising,” she said.

“The Lido often has themed nights at The Mill Tavern, so the landlady, Diane Lockerbie, offered to host a Northern Soul Night on August 31 and donate all ticket sales to TLA.

Fran and her team quickly organised music and tickets and started asking for raffle and auction prize donations.

“Fellow caravanners have donated prizes that relate to caravanning, but we are still looking to find more,” she added.

“All the money raised will be used to fund much needed support for people at the margins of society.  In Wakefield we provide sport, community and leisure clubs to help tackle social isolation and help them boost their self-confidence,” she said.  

“Often small things make a big difference.

“Tickets are £10 each which includes food and dancing.  We hope to sell 200 tickets to friends, colleagues and residents at the Lido.  Fran can be contacted on 

Janet Spencer CEO of TLA said: “Preventing homelessness takes all guises and running leisure clubs provides a massive boost for people at the margins of society, but it can be expensive.  Fund raising helps to connect donors with the impact of their donations.”