My View, Mel Hewitt - Talented backing for Doncaster Hospice

Paul and Nina Wawrzewski are pictured (centre) surrounded by staff from Bluebell Wood and St John's Hospices, together with representatives from Dearne Valley Bulldogs and The Danum Hotel.
Paul and Nina Wawrzewski are pictured (centre) surrounded by staff from Bluebell Wood and St John's Hospices, together with representatives from Dearne Valley Bulldogs and The Danum Hotel.
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We were delighted a few weeks ago when the team who organise our very own ‘Donny’s Got Talent’ told us that money raised by the event would support us and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

It also got me thinking about the history of talent shows and how, whether they are on TV or part of a seaside holiday, they have always been popular.

In the heyday of holiday camps the heady mix of bracing air and a week off tempted dads to roll up their trouser legs and share their knobbly knees with the world, grandmas took part in glamorous granny competitions and teenagers imitated the rock ‘n’ roll icons they’d seen on their 12 inch TVs.

Talent show trailblazer Opportunity Knocks and the technical wizardry of the ‘clapometer’ were centre stage in 60s, whilst in the 70s New Faces featured the talents of those who were to become household names, if not national treasures – like Victoria Wood.

Now from Pop Idol to The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent the talent show has become a TV scheduling staple. Winners now sometimes enjoy global success and reach audiences that the Opportunity Knocks contestants could never have achieved in the pre-internet age. Home grown talent it seems can flower in all corners of the world.

Back in Doncaster – where we have nurtured many fine talents – the talent show is no less popular than anywhere else.

Donny’s Got Talent was initially launched in 2009 and over the last few years has gone from strength to strength – each year raising hundreds of pounds for local charities. There’s also up to £2,500 in the prize pot.

Organised by brother and sister Paul and Nina Wawrzewski, Donny’s Got Talent is a real opportunity for our town’s talented residents to shine.

The organisers are now looking for entries for the auditions which take place on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, between 12 and 4pm. 

The event will be staged in the Danum Hotel, Doncaster, and it costs £5 per act to enter.

The 35 acts chosen from auditions will get through to the semi-final, which will be held on Saturday, September 27, starting at 7pm at the Danum Hotel, with the final being held on Saturday, November 22.

Tickets for the semi-final and final are available to buy by going to www.donnysgottalent.co.uk. 

European and World Champion and Olympic medallist Sarah Stevenson MBE is also a big supporter of Donny’s Got Talent, St John’s Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Sarah said: “This is a fantastic charity competition which is at the heart of the community and is supporting two brilliant charities which are close to my heart.”

* Mel Hewitt, Community Fundraiser, St John’s Hospice