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Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen will be the guest of honor at a special charity event hosted by Village Drinks, a social networking community for gay professionals.

McKellen will deliver a speech, take questions from the audience and mix with guests at the event, to be held at the Century Members’ Club in Soho, London, on Sunday, December 14. Only 200 tickets are available, with proceeds going to the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT).

“I am delighted to be lending my support to this special festive evening organized by Village Drinks, whose wide network of influential members can only help to spread the word about AKT and the work it does,” said Sir Ian. “Raising money and highlighting the issues faced by these young homeless people is a constant challenge.”

The Albert Kennedy Trust was set up in 1989, after 16-year-old Albert Kennedy – a runaway from a children’s home – fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester whilst trying to escape from homophobes.

“The Albert Kennedy Trust is a cause to which everyone at Village Drinks feels very close, indeed. Its tireless work to help homeless young people never ceases to amaze us,” said Neil Spring, the founder of Village Drinks. “We want to use our network to promote the best causes that we possibly can.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased via the Village Drinks website.

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