An authentic 1940s charity dinner and dance is being held on Saturday 19 September to raise money for Luminus Ferry Project, an award-winning social enterprise and registered charity that helps homeless people in Fenland.

Sponsored by Anglian Water, it’s hoped the event will raise over £5,000, which will be used to help fund the life changing work of Luminus Ferry Project’s Night Shelter in Fenland.

The aim of Luminus Ferry Project is not simply to provide accommodation, but to give people the skills they need to enable them to live independently. These include life skills such as cooking and cleaning, education courses, vocational training, volunteering and employment opportunities.

The 1940s theme was chosen by local people to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Held at the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech, and kicking off at 7pm, the event will take guests right back to the era with authentic live music and entertainment, as well as a hog roast, bar and raffle. Guests are invited to don their 1940s inspired outfits, and to bring their dancing shoes!

Support for the event has already been pledged by local groups and voluntary organisations, with volunteers from the National Citizen’s Service (NCS) and Luminus Ferry Project staff, all giving up their time to make it a success.  Raffle prizes are still needed for the event and will be greatly received.

Tickets to the event cost just £19.45 per person and can be bought from Octavia View, Wisbech, or by calling 01945 429300. Discounts are available for group bookings, and all proceeds will be donated.

Luminus Ferry Project Director, Keith Smith, said:

“Fundraising events like this, as well as donations received by the public, local businesses and charities are important for Luminus Ferry Project, as they enable us to continue to offer the support we do to the many people who are affected by homelessness in Fenland. We are very grateful for the support we receive, and hope to see lots of people at this wonderful event.”

As the largest provider for homelessness-related issues in the district, Luminus Ferry Project currently provides up to eighty-eight bed spaces in Wisbech and engages with nearly  four hundred clients per year. Clients of Luminus Ferry Project include people with financial problems, people fleeing domestic violence, people recovering from a family breakdown or from drug and alcohol abuse, young people leaving the care system, those who have been sexually abused, ex-offenders and those with simply nowhere else to go.

By supporting events such as this one, Luminus Ferry Project can bring Fenland's homeless out of the cold and give them hope of brighter future.