A GLASGOW casino will host a charity poker tournament to raise funds for young people around the world who have been affected by war, poverty or humanitarian crisis.

The event, on Thursday, April 27, is the third of its kind the Grosvenor Casino Riverboat has held in conjunction with actor David Hayman and his charity Spirit Aid.

The Scot, who rose to national prominence when he played Jimmy Boyle in A Sense Of Freedom, set up the Glasgow-based charity in 2001.

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Spirit Aid has operations in Scotland, Palestine, Afghanistan and Malawi. Its projects have improved the lives of thousands of children across the world in a number of ways, from providing impoverished communities with food, clean drinking water, medicine, shelter, clothing and electricity to donating toys to less fortunate families at Christmas. Hayman said “We had our first poker tournament at Grosvenor Casino Riverboat last year and it was a huge success so we’re incredibly excited about the next one.” Casino general manager Peter Donnelly said: “Spirit Aid is a truly deserving charity, helping vulnerable people around the world and, as it is based just across the Clyde from us, we want to continue to support it in any way we can.”

The tournament, which is open to over-18s only, costs £20 to enter.

Half of the money raised will go winners and the other half to Spirit Aid. To secure a place in the tournament email dhayman@hotmail.co.uk