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Stars line up for Teenage Cancer Trust gig at Newcastle Cathedral

Singers and actors including Amelia Lily and Chelsea Halfpenny will gather at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Amelia Lily performing live on stage
Amelia Lily performing live on stage

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and X Factor contender Amelia Lily will perform at St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle next month.

They are among a host of well-known names who will entertain in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust on December 18.

Also lined up for the festive gig are Emmerdale actress Chelsea Halfpenny, Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell, North East soul singer Glen Roughead, comedian and poet Kate Fox, actor David Leon, from TV series Vera, and North East broadcasters Ian Payne and Charlie Charlton.

Pupils from two Newcastle girls’ schools, Central High and Church High, will also entertain.

But a highlight of the evening concert promises to be a special performance by Jai and current and former patients who have benefited from the charity.

Joined by former patient Melissa Cavanagh and a 30-strong choir, the 2011 Britain’s Got Talent winner will perform a number called Here We Stand.

Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell
Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell

It was written by patients and a recording will be available to buy on the night and online.

The concert will benefit the work in the region of the Teenage Cancer Trust which is aiming to raise £100,000 this year.

Middlesbrough born singer Amelia Lily, who came third on The X Factor in 2011, said: “I am delighted to be performing at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Christmas concert.

“Teenage Cancer Trust makes such a difference to the lives of young cancer patients and their families, and I hope this year’s concert will raise lots of money to support them.”

For the second year running the main sponsor is Newcastle law firm Clarke Mairs.

Senior partner Tim Clarke said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the concert again and hope our involvement with Teenage Cancer Trust will grow each year to help raise money for both of the charity’s specialist units at the Freeman and RVI, which help young people across the region.”

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for cancer sufferers aged 13 to 24.

The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals where young people can be treated by experts in a place designed for them.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Newcastle City Hall box office on 0191 2778030 or online at www.newcastlecityhall.org


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