By Leah Conway –
Local actor-singer, Stephen Thompson, is getting ready to tackle a 100-song ‘Sing-a-Ton’ this weekend. Stephen is hoping to raise essential funds for a local charity, Ruddi’s Retreat.
Stephen is an actor-singer who lives in Huddersfield and was trained for the stage in Birmingham. He has worked as a teacher of Modern languages, and a driving instructor, but has never stopped being involved in plays and musicals. Since moving to Huddersfield Stephen has also performed with the Meltham Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Battling the 100-song session, Stephen said, “There will also be some Christmas numbers, seems odd in June, I know, but I was going to do this last December. However, I lost my voice and had to postpone, but the Christmas songs must stay in to make up the hundred.”
The session will raise funds for Ruddi’s Retreat, which is a local charity that helps families with seriously ill children to have access to a holiday home on the seaside, free of charge.
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“No mean feat”
Vicki Green, Assistant Manager at Ruddi’s Retreat, said “Stephen’s Sing-A-Ton is an absolutely brilliant idea. To sing a hundred songs in one sitting is no mean feat so I hope lots of people come out in support of Stephen.
“With the money raised, we will be able to provide numerous families with a respite break at a time when most needed. We wish Stephen all the luck in the world and we cannot wait to join him on the day for a good old sing-along.”
Stephen will start the Sing-a-Ton at Rowley Hill Club in Lepton on Saturday 25 June from 1 pm, you can support Stephen by donating on his Just Giving page. For any queries contact Stephen on 07831 737 366 or email Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org