Les Hoey's Christmas party at Fir Park
Les Hoey’s Christmas Party for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses took place last week at Fir Park.
More than 150 children and their families – some from as far afield as the Orkney Islands – descended upon Motherwell’s Centenary Suite for the annual extravaganza.
As usual, Wishaw man Les and his fellow fundraiser Rhona Lawrie pulled out all the stops to make the party a memorable one.
And there were plenty of special guests on hand to add to the festive fun.
A large group of Motherwell players, including skipper Keith Lasley, Steve Hammell, Jamie Murphy and Tom Hateley, were joined by Celtic starlet Dylan McGeouch and local boxing hero Iain Butcher.
Former Airdrie footballer Willie McGuire – who set a world record for keepy-uppy with a malteser – was also there to enthrall the party-goers with his skills.
From the world of showbiz came River City star Gary Sweeney and actress Kathleen McDermott, BBC weathergirl Judith Ralston, a Rod Stewart look-alike who had guests doing a double take and the colourful cast of the Aladdin panto from Motherwell Theatre.
The Boogie Bus also made an appearance and the lucky young guests also got to look round an NYPD police car. Guests tucked into a delicious array of dishes including Chinese and Indian buffets, sandwiches, savouries, chocolates and cakes, all washed down with a variety of soft drinks.
Amongst the plethora of prizeson offer were X-boxes, Playstations, TV’s, iPods, iPads and digital cameras.
No one left empty-handed and when hard-working Santa made his visit it took him almost an hour to get round everyone.
A proud Les told the Wishaw Press: “It was a tremendous day.
“It just keeps getting bigger every year.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along and also everyone who did so much to help out and make it possible.”