Star performs as Vera Lynn, then donates to her charity

Cheque presentation
Cheque presentation

A children’s charity close to the heart of a local tribute artiste, has been given £10,000 that was collected at her shows, for its great work.

Vera Lynn tribute artiste, Lorrie Brown, and Groovy Gazza Productions, visited the Dame Vera Lynn Childrens Charity in Sussex and presented them with a cheque.

Dame Vera Lynn with Lorrie

Dame Vera Lynn with Lorrie

The money was collected during the company’s tour with their 1940’s shows.

The cheque was received by Dame Vera’s daughter, Virgini, received the cheque for her mother’s charity, that offers support and therapy to children aged under five years old, and their families.

Lorrie said: ‘While we were there they showed us around to see the work they do, and there were a few children attending, receiving therapy while we were there.

“Their parents said how much of a help it had been in both helping their daughter and as support for themselves.

“It was an amazing place and so rewarding to see where the money raised is actually making a difference to these children’s lives’.

Lorrie, who is a regular with South Yorkshire audiences, performed in Sheffield and Rotherham on Armed Forces Day. She entertains in several South Yorkshire hotels, and met her idol, Dame Vera Lynn in 2015, after winning a national award for her tribute show.

During the time they spent together Lorrie asked about Dame Vera’s charity and offered to collect donations at her shows.

In 2017, on Vera Lynn’s hundredth birthday, Lorrie started a 50-date tour of a brand new show, ‘Sincerely Yours. The Vera Lynn Story’.

Telling the story of Vera Lynn, it featured a seven-piece band and George Formby tribute, Colin Bourdiec. The second show was at the Rotherham Civic and it finished at the Sheffield City Hall.  Lorrie also collects at her solo shows which appear all over the UK in private hotel bookings and 1940’s events.

The singer can next be seen in Rotherham on December 13, with her George Formby partner, at the Holiday Inn, Rotherham, performing a ‘Stars of the 1940’s’ show.