Talented youngsters in Haywards Heath raise funds for hospice

One Great day, Orchards. Pic SR1512702. Popsters, HH mayor, Simon Cowell lookalike, and Toby Skerman. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150806-111439001
One Great day, Orchards. Pic SR1512702. Popsters, HH mayor, Simon Cowell lookalike, and Toby Skerman. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150806-111439001

Talented youngsters helped to raise more than £4,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital during ‘One Great Day’ in Haywards Heath.

Many local celebrities attended the event run by The Orchards, including Simon Cowell look-alike Andy Penfold, Keith Ellis, from Nostalgiagraphs and Eddison Lighthouse, and the Mayor of Haywards Heath Sujan Wickremaratchi.

The crowds were entertained by singing by Northlands Wood School Choir and then Becky Stevens led all the children in a Popsteps routine, before Ester Featherstone had everyone on their feet ‘Zumbering’.

There were also performances from In Choir and Tina Turner singer, Cylvian Flynn.

During the day, Mark Seymour, aka Marco the Magician, astounded and entertained the crowds while the braver guests took on the Bucking Bronco.

The Day saw the last six finalists of Sussex Factor performing.

Ali Langner was named as winner, followed by Alysia Read and Katie Todd - all solo singers.

They all received I-Tune vouchers from The Lions Club, trophies from The Orchards and Ali won a day in a recording studio, provided by Matt Black. All three winners will perform again at Town Day on September 5 this year.

Nicola Bird, Orchards manager, said: “It truly was the most memorable and Greatest Day ever.

“And the best news ever is that we raised £4,127 for this amazing Children’s Hospital. My very grateful thanks go to everyone who supported us so generously – especially the very wonderful gentleman who presented us with a huge cheque towards our goal. Such generosity and friendship by so many people is what makes our Town so special.”

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