A man who was stabbed in Southport is inviting people to come to a charity night this weekend.
The event will be held this Saturday (September 21) from 7pm to 11pm with the aim of raising funds for the #nomoreknives and #liveyourlifedroptheknife campaigns.
It’s been organised by Southport man Stuart Newton, 40, who was stabbed at a music festival in Southport, and Gill Radcliffe, mum of Crosby man Sam Cook, who was tragically stabbed and killed at the Empire Night Club in Liverpool.
Celebrities, athletes, business owners, Everton FC and Liverpool FC have come together to support the evening at Maghull Square Bar and Grill.
Stuart’s injuries after being stabbed
Venue owner Bilynda Burgess has provided use of her bar free of charge.
The night also wants to raise awareness of knife crime to help keep children and members of the region safe.
Stuart said: “I am lucky and blessed to have survived where sadly others have lost their lives due to this devastating crime.
“We are going to raise awareness of this problem in our society on our streets and we pray we have your support to help us donate any money raised to these knife campaigns so they can educate our children and keep them safe.
“Anyone who has connections to any local businesses big or small who can offer their assistance in way of raffle prizes etc please get in touch.”
Stuart Newton, 40, was stabbed at a music festival in Southport
There will plenty of food and drink on the night with live music plus DJ, celebrities, athletes and a raffle with the chance to win an impressive number of prizes donated by businesses across Merseyside. Prizes included are:
Liverpool football Club – 2 x family stadium tour vouchers
Everton Football Club – Signed football shirts and ball
The Royal Clifton and Spa, Southport – Afternoon tea for two
Suites hotel, Knowsley prize – A scrub and Rasul ritual spa day for two
Liverpool City Living – A midweek one night stay in one of his luxury apartments
Liverpool Marriott – Afternoon tea for two, prosecco included
Malmaison Liverpool – Sunday brunch for four
Sefton Park Hotel, Liverpool – A one night stay for two with a two course meal and a glass of wine each
Radisson Blue Liverpool – One night double room with breakfast included for two
Volair Spa, Knowsley – Two thermal spa day vouchers
L A Smile, Southport – Laser teeth Whitening
CS Digital, Southport – 20×14 inch Personalised Canvasses
Torbos Tattoo, Orrell Park – No more knives tattoo
Other prizes include lip fillers, a one hour medium reading, gym passes, ear piercing, Costa Coffee vouchers, blow drys and even more meals for two.
There will also be a number of celebrities and athletes who have come out to show their support such as MMA fighter Paul Bentley who launched the No More Knives Campaign, Alan Walsh from Anfield Boxing Club who launched the Real Men Don’t Carry Knives campaign, Sensei Ken Dineley from Maghull Kickboxing and Martial Arts Academy Group.
Boxing champions John Quigley and Tony Quigley will also be there along with Liverpool FC legend Howard Gayle.
Stuart said: “As a victim of knife crime, when Tony Quigley heard about the night he wanted to get involved, which is just brilliant.
“Alan Walsh who runs Real Men Don’t Carry Knives and other youth initiatives was stabbed also and we all reached out to each other when my story went viral.
“It’s human nature that unless something lands on our own doorstep that sadly, sometimes, we don’t notice it.
“It’s not that we don’t care, we just don’t realise the extent of the issue or that there’s an issue at all.
“The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see and the human voice is the most perfect instrument of all and education is the most powerful weapon which anyone can use to change the world.”
To find out more about the charity night, please visit Maghull Square Bar and Grill Facebook page @squarebarandgrill.