Amy-Jo is just Grand

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Lancaster’s X-Factor star Paul Akister and the first ever Charity Challenge winner Amy-Jo Clough are in the line-up for the Furness Building Society Charity Challenge final at the Lancaster Grand Theatre on February 8.

Paul impressed judges and millions of viewers to get through to the judges’ house stage of this year’s competition, while 16 year old Amy-Jo has gone on to support international stars since taking the title 3 years ago.

They will duet at the Grand while the judges make their choice from 12 finalists competing for a share of more than £3,000 for their chosen charities.

Charities include The Space Centre, North West Air Ambulance, Rosemere Cancer Care, St Mary’s Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice, The Foxton Centre, the MS Society, the Orchid Project and CancerCare UK.

Finalists range from talented teenage singers and seasoned singer-songwriters to Strictly Ballroom-style dancers, and a community choir whose members range from seven to 93 years old.

Together they promise a brilliant show, with Paul and Amy-Jo adding star quality. Lancashire again dominates the competition accounting for nine of the 12 finalists.

Videos of all of the acts can be seen at

The finalists will compete for prizes of £1,000 for first place, £750 for second place, and £500 for third place, with £100 for each of the other performers so all of the charities represented on stage will benefit.

The Charity Challenge final starts at 7pm. Tickets are £5 each and are available through Lancaster Grand Theatre box office on 01524 64695 or by visiting

Sarah Wane, Marketing Support Manager for the Furness, said: “There are wonderful charities represented by some fantastic performers in our final.

“We hope that the charity supporters will really get behind their performers and turn out at the Lancaster Grand Theatre to cheer them on.”