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Members of the local community, residents at Sir Aubrey Ward House care home and their families enjoyed a special concert set up to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Performers from local theatre group, Razzamataz, part of the UK-wide organisation of Dragon’s Den fame, entertained the audience with dazzling renditions of classics from their forthcoming production of Bugsy Malone. Young musicians from local group, Vocasa, also performed flute and piano concertos.

The event was organised by Ceri Clark, the activity coordinator at Sir Aubrey Ward House.
Ceri was keen to host an event to raise awareness of breast cancer, having lost her mum to the illness in 1998 and witnessed the impact it has on so many people’s lives.

The event took place on Saturday 10th June and the afternoon saw an opportunity for residents’ loved ones and friends to also showcase their talents.  Resident, Janet Benstead, was reunited with her long-term pal and former co-performer, Joan Pollard. Joan and Janet used to be part of a  trio called ‘The Three Js’ and proved they were still ‘on song’ by singing some wartime favourites and hits from the musicals. Resident, June Morris’s daughter, Sally, also showed her talent on the saxophone and piano.

Commenting on the concert Ceri said:

“It was lovely to bring the local community, young performers, residents and their families together for a truly spectacular day.

“Everyone was spellbound by the budding talent from Razzamataz. We’re all part of a close-knit community here so we were thrilled to invite them to perform as well as give our residents’ family members centre stage, to raise awareness of a really worthy cause.”