talented performers from a “Stars In Our Eyes” charity roadshow have plenty to sing and dance about this week after reaching a remarkable £500,000 fundraising milestone.
The charity group formed eight years ago by Conisbrough friends led by Juddy Hamshaw, 65, has helped several good causes locally, including Bluebell Wood children’s Hospice, services charity Help For Heroes and Cancer Research.
Now the group is helping to raise cash to help 18-year-old Joe Hamshaw, who broke his back in four places in a cycling accident.
One of the roadshow organisers, Yvonne Rufus, 58, said: “It has taken us eight years to reach this milestone and we are happy to have helped so many people along the way.
“Our charity is a great way for talented performers to get their ‘fix’ of fame by doing what they enjoy most and impersonating the stars.”
Yvonne performs as Cher, while other acts pay tribute to Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox, and Connie Francis.
Yvonne added: “All our performers are giving up their time to do these shows. They don’t get paid for this, apart from getting money towards petrol costs.
“We are completely booked up until Christmas, and we’re now looking for new venues, charities and causes to raise some money for.”
The group has performed hundreds of shows since it was formed and appears at venues including theatres, social clubs and pubs.
Valuable support has been received from sponsors including Night Fever Fancy Dress, Matt Pratt for the use of his bus, David Hamshaw and Wendy Collins and Denaby Main Institute for their support and use of their concert room facilities, Jub Signs, and Brides at Home.
l The Stars in Our Eyes Roadshow will appear at Denaby Cadeby Miners’ Welfare on Saturday, August 20. Tickets cost £2 and proceeds will go towards the cost of a lightweight wheelchair for Joe Hamshaw.