Sir Tom tribute night raises £15,000 for kids’ charity

LEP - PRESTON'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.
LEP - PRESTON'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.
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A Sir Tom Finney musical extravaganza tribute night raised more than £15,000 for charity.

Cash for Kids arranged the night which paid tribute to the late Preston North End footballing legend and raised thousands that will now go towards helping thousands of local children.

LEP - PRESTON'Lisa Littlechild with Luke, seven, with the trophy - 'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.

LEP - PRESTON'Lisa Littlechild with Luke, seven, with the trophy - 'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.

Sir Tom was a patron of the Preston-based charity and his son Brian has now taken over the mantle.

Charity manager, Nikki Thompson said “It was an incredible night. We are very grateful to Preston Guild Hall, PNE, LEP, Preston’s College and all the performers. Who needs the West End when Lancashire has so much talent!

“Every penny raised on the night will help lots and lots of children and young people in our county.

“We are now looking forward to planning another great variety show for next year. There is no doubt that these Cash for Kids shows will go from strength to strength.”

LEP - PRESTON'from left, Michael Ryan, 13, and Lucas Mulholland, nine, admire the trophy - 'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.

LEP - PRESTON'from left, Michael Ryan, 13, and Lucas Mulholland, nine, admire the trophy - 'Families gather to see PNE players and the Barclays Premiership Cup ahead of the 'Sir Tom Finney - A Celebration' event, at Preston Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Preston.

The show that followed the life and times of Sir Tom through the mediums of music and dance was held at the Charter Theatre on Friday night and Deepdale Duck was joined by PNE stars Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher who showed off PNE’s League One play-off final winners trophy and the Premier League trophy was also on display.

The showcase was hosted by Danny Bee and featured a host of local entertainers such as soul singer Stephen Bayliss, comedian Terry Cotta, classical singer Janette Monroe, upcoming singer 15-year-old Dharma Anders, a New York Knights tribute act from Blackpool North Pier that featured Nikki Miller as Barbara Streisand, Johnny O’Connor as Frank Sinatra and Matt Andrews as Frankie Valli, choirs from Penwortham Girls High School, Hutton Grammar School and the Sir Tom Finney Community High School and dance performances from Carol May’s Academy of Dance, Preston, Preston’s College Dance and Performing Arts students, Street Monkeys and the Inspirations dance troupe

A spokesman for Cash for Kids added: “We plan to make this the first of many annual variety shows as a tribute to Sir Tom Finney and a celebration of his life. Sir Tom was a patron of our charity and we are delighted that Brian Finney has agreed to take his dad’s place as a patron of Cash for Kids.

“All money raised from the night will be used in a special grant round so will directly benefit children in 
Lancashire.”

A PNE spokesman said: “This week has been a big week for the efforts of the players off the field, with the launch of our new charity partnership with The Legacy Rainbow House and our support of another fantastic children’s charity, Cash For Kids. The event last Friday was a wonderful tribute for Sir Tom and one that Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner were delighted to be a part of and as locally born footballers were happy to contribute to something that was to raise money for those young people in need in our region.”