Otti ready to step into the limelight

A JAMES Bond themed night will be held next month to raise funds for an epic adventure to Africa.

Kieran Hardman is planning to embark on a marathon drive from Todmorden to Malawi in aid of the charity TB Alert.

The 40-year-old needs to raise a minimum of £25,000 to make the trip, so he is hoping lots of people from his hometown will attend the Casino Royale event at Todmorden Social Club on November 26.

“It will be an evening with something a bit different,” he said.

There will be casino games such as roulette and blackjack, as well as a fashion show organised by Halo.

“It’s going to be a good night,” Kieran said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

He is looking for businesses to sponsor the casino tables and appealing for people to donate raffle prizes.

Kieran said it will probably be another 18 months before he is in a position to embark on the trip.

He will tackle the route from Scotland, down through Europe and on to Africa in a basic Land Rover with a support team.

In the meantime, he is planning a number of other fundraising events including a comedy evening at Jack’s House and possibly a mini tour of the UK.

“There will be quite a series of things happening in the next year to help raise awareness and raise additional funds,” he said.

Kieran decided to support TB Alert after working in South Africa for five years, during which he saw first hand the number of people affected by tubercolosis.

“TB is one of the world’s biggest killers.

“Over the next two decades it is estimated 35 milion people across the world could die from TB, and there are about two million people in Africa affected by TB,” said Kieran, whose family live at Gorpley, off Bacup Road.

He added that people do not realise TB is also prevalent in the UK.

Tickets for the Casino Royale night are available from Navigation Supply Company on 01706 816971, Todmorden Social Club on 01706 813413 or Halo on 01706 810228.