Could you feel the love that night? Tim Rice & friends raise £28,000

We would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who joined us last week at our fundraising evening with musical legend Sir Tim Rice and actress and comedian Ronni Ancona.

The pair treated us to a hilarious, entertaining chat about how failing at law school can be a blessing in disguise, the special meaning of Kansas and why Elton John is the easiest composer to work with (in Tim’s opinion).

Throughout the conversation, the 200 strong audience enjoyed live performances by phenomenal West End stars Emma Thornett, James Fox and Siubhan Harrison, who gave their all, singing much-loved classics such as ‘A Whole New World’, ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’. Their performances were accompanied by no other than musical director Duncan Waugh who tinkled the ivories throughout the show.

Before the artists took to the stage, 16-year-old Anda, one of our young students, spoke about her personal experiences coming to the centre:

I’ve been accessing The ClementJames Centre since I was 8 years old when I started at the after-school homework support. Since then I’ve taken part in lots of programmes. One of the most memorable was having a mentor which I loved as I was able to get personalised support from a university student. I also took part in a residential to Surrey in Year 6 which was the first time I’d stayed away from my parents. Now I’m speaking to staff about how I can gain support in Year 13 as well as work experience opportunities.
I feel that ClementJames is unique in our community as it’s a real hub for lots of different ages offering services for 7 year olds up to adults. It doesn’t feel too formal and local people know that they can pop-in for help and support (which my Mum sometimes does).
Coming to ClementJames has enabled me to gain support and knowledge to reach my potential and I’ve been able transfer this to my younger siblings and family so we’ve all benefitted.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts and generosity the event raised nearly £28,000, more than any of our previous fundraisers. We are so grateful to everyone who donated to the event, had a go on the ‘Lucky Dip Tree’ or bid on our silent auction items.

We would also like to thank Tim Rice, Ronni Ancona, Emma Thornett, James Fox, Siubhan Harrison and Duncan Waugh for supporting the charity with this incredibly entertaining show.

James Fox (Photo: Naomi Dryden-Smith)

Emma Thornett (Photo: Naomi Dryden-Smith)

Siubhan Harrison (Photo: Naomi Dryden-Smith)