Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn on the ball

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NIALL Quinn has urged the residents and businesses to “get to the ball” and support one of Sunderland’s biggest fund-raisers.

The city’s 12th Sunderland Ball will be held on Saturday, May 7, at the Stadium of Light, benefiting the SAFC Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event has enjoyed great success in recent years and has raised more than £100,000 since 2000.

Niall said: “The Sunderland Ball is a fantastic event and a great opportunity to raise funds for two worthy charities.

“As a trustee of the foundation, I see the work it does and the impact on lives over the decade. It’s through the support of attendees at events like this that work with more than 40,000 children was possible last year.”

The ball was started by former construction worker Leslie Scott and he continues to organise it every year.

He said: “I launched the first ball very much as a construction industry charity night as I was able to draw on my contacts from there.”

The main beneficiary is the SAFC Foundation this year but the event still supports Macmillan on Wearside.

Les said: “Business response has always been excellent, but with the current recession, we are trying to reach out to new companies and individuals to support the event.”

One such company is Blackprint, owned by Colin Black.

Colin said: “We are delighted to be the first company to support the ball by donating specially designed printing and stationery.

“We hope Sunderland Companies respond generously to help these good causes.”

* Tickets for the ball are available from Les on 528 0580.