Hospice Variety Show at the Empire Attracts Wide Support

An afternoon variety show, featuring comedian Jimmy Cricket, is set to raise funds for the East Lancashire Hospice this month.

The show at The Empire Theatre based at Ewood on Wednesday 12th April at 2pm has been organised by Roy Lomas of Lomas Office Furniture, Blackburn. It features a range of acts including Pete Koziura, Michael Kennedy and Kathleen Watkins, Joyce Kearton and theatre patron and comedy star, Jimmy Cricket. The show is hosted by theatre chairman Michael Berry and the musical director is Colin Hilton.

25 local companies have joined forces to sponsor the stalls in the theatre to allow visitors from local nursing homes and community associations to enjoy the show free of charge. Tickets for the public are priced at £10 with all proceeds supporting the work of East Lancashire Hospice.

Denise Gee of East Lancashire Hospice said, “On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers at East Lancashire Hospice, I would like to thank Roy Lomas for organising this charity Variety Show at the fabulous Empire Theatre to raise funds to help us to care for our patients.

It costs over £3.5million every year to run the hospice, but with support such as Roy’s, the other local companies and visitors to the show we are that bit closer.”

Roy Lomas added, “It has been great to see so many local companies pull together which means that not only will the hospice benefit from the event, but many people will also be able to enjoy the show. I’d also like to thank everyone at the Empire Theatre for their hard work and support.”

Tickets for the show are available to the public for £10 and are available online here or from the Booking Office in person or on 01254 685 500 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 12:20pm)