Star of the Sheffield stage Brian Platts was a keen supporter of St Luke’s Hospice, regularly donating fees from his public speaking engagements to the charity.
So when the larger-than-life pantomime Dame and amateur theatre favourite died last year aged 76, his friends at Manor Operatic Society made a donation of more than £5,000 to Sheffield’s only hospice.
And now they’ve taken a break from rehearsals for their next Sheffield City Hall show, classic Lambeth Walk musical Me and My Girl, to see how their money is being spent.
The show’s stars, James Smith and Christine Rice, joined director Richard Bradford and other members of the Manor team for a tour of the hospice’s new £5 million In Patient Centre.
“Everybody was really impressed by our new facilities,” said Fran Morley, of the hospice’s fundraising team.
“It costs us almost £5 million annually to maintain our current levels of service for all the people of Sheffield, so the support of organisations like Manor Operatic Society is invaluable.”
Me and My Girl runs at Sheffield City Hall from May 15 to 18.
Tickets are available now by calling 01709 365 108 or 0114 223 3740 or visiting www.manoroperatic.co