Wild cards selected for Charity Stars competition

Furness Charity Stars winner last year Faye Anna Bowness.
Furness Charity Stars winner last year Faye Anna Bowness.
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Wild card entries have been selected for the Charity Stars talents competition which will be held at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.

Five fabulous local charities are competing for public votes to put them in the final of the competition on January 30, to win a share of more than £3,000 in prizes.

Four out of five of the Wild Card entries are from Lancaster, and just two of them will be voted into the final of the competition organised by Furness Building Society and The Bay Radio in association with the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor.

The Wild Card entries are all singers with the exception of Kate McCallum and Sally Featon who in their video use sign language to perform the Frozen hit ‘Let It Go’ for 1 Voice Communicating Together, which provides services for people suffering hearing loss. The other Wild Cards are 17-year-old Shaphina Bennett Shaw singing for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which supports cancer services at hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria; the Headway Choir from the Headway charity which helps local head injury victims to rehabilitate and lead more normal lives, nine-year-old Olivia Hunter from Lancaster, for Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides support for cancer sufferers and their families, and Audrey Watson from Dalton-in-Furness singing on behalf of St Mary’s Hospice which provides end of life care for people across South Cumbria.

The other performers already in the final are: the Red Rosettes Acapella Harmony Choir from Morecambe for North West Blood Bikers, Becky Halpin, aged 19, from Morecambe representing Unique Kidz Company, Gabrielle Dams, also 19 and from Morecambe on behalf of Margaret Bowers and the local The Salvation Army, Rachel Coombs, aged 16, from Hest Bank near Lancaster, representing St John’s Hospice, Rebecca Anne Wadeson, aged 14, appearing for Urban Angels Slyne with Hest and their Rebuild Mexico project, dancer Matthew Parkinson, aged 25, from Bolton le Sands representing the Neonatal Unit at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Megan Forrest, aged 19 and from Kendal for Kendal Mountain Rescue, Dave Bedford from Low Bentham representing Sight Advice South Lakes, Alex McCormack, aged 12, from Barrow-in-Furness for the Look Good Feel Good cancer charity, Christopher Barker, aged 25, also from Barrow representing the town’s Cast Theatre Company, Rebecca Williams, aged 16, from Walney for Barrow Vision Support Centre, and Keith Bateson and the Happy Yaks from Bolton for the Whizz Kidz wheelchair charity.

Sarah Wane, Furness Building Society marketing support manager, said: “We are looking forward to another brilliant final with so many talented people willing to perform to put the spotlight on the wonderful work of these charities and their fantastic volunteers who make their work possible.

“The society is proud to give them a platform to promote that work, and of course help to raise vital funds.”

Every finalist is already assured of gaining at least £100 for their chosen charity, and the top three acts will collect cash prizes of £1000, £750 and £500. The ultimate winner will also get the chance to become a ‘Star for a Day at The Bay’ with interviews and a video session at the radio station. The videos for the finalists can be found at www.furnessbs.co.uk/charitystars or www.thebay.co.uk/promotions/charity-stars.

Tickets for the show are now available from the Lancaster Grand Theatre box office on 01524 64695, priced at £5 each.