Sell-out Talent Show raises record £15k for Hospice
CategoryFundraising|North London Hospice
An evening of music and dance for the North London Hospice raised a record £15,000 when the curtain went up, on North Londonís Got Talent 2018.
The north London wide talent show featured over 100 performers ranging from dance troupes, drummers, solo vocalists not to mention a 52 voice choir!
This is the third year the Hospice has organised the extravaganza at North Finchley’s artsdepot. Organisers have been thrilled with the enthusiasm and commitment that contestants and their families have shown in supporting the Hospice’s fund-raising event.
A panel of four judges from the arts and entertainment industries had the challenge of deciding on the winning acts.
First place went to a show-stealing act from Sue Nieto Theatre School, whose troupe of Sailors tap-danced their way to victory!
Second place went to the show’s youngest contestant of the night, eight-year-old Parisha Halai who whipped up a storm with her playing of the Indian dohl drum. Third place was awarded to young vocalist Miriam Nyarko who impressed the judges with her strong and confident performance.
Ten-year-old rappers JJ Dance & Rap Crew took away a surprise Street Dance summer scholarship award kindly donated by Maggie Paterson, head of Pineapple Dance studios, and one of the four event judges.
Sailors was one of two dance group’s from the Sue Nieto Theatre School performing at NLGT, thanks to the support of its principal Caterina Spano, whose Grandma Gina experienced the wonderful care at North London Hospice.
Show organiser Amanda Orsi-Harper who works for the Hospice fundraising team says: “I’m delighted with this year’s sell-out show – we are always humbled by the support we have in the communities we serve around north London. It’s a lot of work to organise something like this but it’s for a great cause and the money we have raised tonight will help us continue to help people when they need it most.”
Many of the acts performing on Saturday night have a personal connection with the Hospice because a friend or family member has been cared for by the Hospice team.
One such contestant at this year’s event is 16-year-old ‘Georgi K’ whose grandfather was looked after by the Hospice. She and her family raised an incredible £3,500 for the event!
“It means a great deal to me to be able to use my talents, to raise money for such an amazing place!” says Georgi who is a student at the prestigious Brit School for the Performing Arts, in Croydon. “My granddad was looked after here, and the staff were tireless. It took the pressure off what was a very sad and difficult time for us as a family”.
Photos: Andrew Prod Photography