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Boat sets sail to help homeless people
2:04pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A SELECTION of Southampton’s finest DJs are set to rock the boat to raise vital funds to help the city’s most vulnerable.
Southampton-based fundraising group Wash Up Warm Up has helped organise a boat party to continue delivering food and supplies to homeless people in Southampton and organisations that can distribute it.
The event is the brainchild of Reuben Stockwell and James Hilling, who was awarded the Daily Echo’s Hampshire Heroes award in December.
They are raising funds to ensure their project is a success and homeless people in the city are fed.
Gentle giant Confirmed DJs include Ronnie Spiteri, Rossi P, Jamie Ings, Ape Like and Velos.
The boat sets sail from Ocean Village marina on Saturday, September 14, at 3pm, and there will be an after party at Cafe Parfait in the city centre from 8pm.
Mr Hilling, of St Denys, said his perspective on life changed when he was stabbed.
The 7ft tall gentle giant acted as security for many artists in the music industry, most famously Dizzee Rascal.
Now his sights are set on making a difference in Southampton.
The 34-year-old said: “I plunged into depression, I spent all my savings, I lost my girlfriend and found myself without a place to live.
“I have worked with most clubs in Southampton holding various events and I have a lot of contacts in the music industry.
“I was extremely surprised to know that nightclub bosses were concerned about the level of homeless and vulnerable people in the area.
“I want the community to realise there is a problem and give a little bit of money to allow us to carry out services that will help improve the community.”
Mr Hilling spent last Christmas day in the pouring rain helping to feed the city’s homeless and put a smile on their faces.
He also embarked on a 90-mile walk to London with Mr Stockwell in an attempt to raise £5,000 to buy a food delivery van to provide homeless people with food and hot drinks.
He added: “I want to show people that we have been through it and overcome challenges.
“When I won the Hampshire Heroes award it made me realise that I cannot just do this once, I need to do it again and again.”
Tickets are priced at £15 and are available by calling 07833 550030.
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