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Showcase For The Christie Raises Funds For Fight Against Cancer

Showcase For The Christie Raises Funds For Fight Against Cancer

On Sunday 21st of July 2013 Rachel and I were part of an annual charity fundraising event at the Lyric Theatre at the Lowry in Salford, with this year’s proceeds going to The Christie.

The 2 ½ hour show was included as part of the BBC’s Million Pound Appeal aiming to raise £1 Million (GBP) to benefit cancer patients in Greater Manchester through a new mobile chemotherapy unit that will take valuable Christie care closer to patient’s homes.

Over 200 performers from 7 amateur musical theatre companies from the Greater Manchester area performed short excerpts from popular musicals to a 1700 capacity audience.

The generosity of the audience was matched pound for pound by Barclays bank, and £3,500 was raised on the night just from the proceeds of the raffle, with even more promised to the The Christie nhs Foundation Trust charity after costs are calculated.

The annual celebration of amateur theatre talent was the brainchild of founder Saunie Williams, who sadly lost her own fight against cancer many years ago but the celebrations keep going in her spirit.

It was a great privilege to take part in this fantastic event again with Salford Musical Theatre Company (SMTC), after last year’s superb performances and my own personal triumph, with a principal role that I had waited 25 years to perform on a stage. On that occasion Showcase 2012 supported the excellent work of the Macmillan Nurses and the committee handed over a cheque for £7,000 (GBP).

This year’s charity – The Christie nhs Foundation Trust, is world famous for the groundbreaking treatments and care they provide for cancer sufferers, including treatment provided for Showcase front man – Mike Sammon who was diagnosed with throat cancer a few years ago, thankfully Mike was given the all clear following his treatment, for which everyone in the showbiz world are eternally grateful for, as there is no-one else on earth who could get away with those gags.

I am writing this post because I want to publicly thank everyone involved in organising and arranging everything so that amateur performers from all over the area can put on a superb evening of entertainment containing a breathtaking showcase of amateur talent as this is a fantastic way to help raise much needed funds for many different charities around the North West of England.

So on behalf of the societies involved; Salford Musical Theatre Company, PADOS, Romiley Operatic Society, Sale and Altrincham Musical Theatre, All Saints Musical Productions, Whitefield AODS and HATS, a huge thanks to Dave Bamford, Mike Sammon, Ian Legate, Helen Litherland, Dennis Carter, Brian Marney, Simon Pickup and the Showcase band plus an army of helpers, of whom there are too many to mention and of course all the people from each of the musical theatre societies who gave their time for free preparing the performers for their sections – THANK YOU ALL !!!.

For more information about the appeal or to get involved visit http://www.christie.nhs.uk/bbcradiomanchester

or call

0161 446 3988

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