Sammy's Half A Million Milestone - Highlights PR

Sammy’s Half A Million Milestone

Sunday for Sammy, the charity that offers a helping hand to young entertainers, actors and musicians on their way to stardom has reached a milestone that the North-East public should be justly proud of.

At the latest round of auditions for help for new talent, the Sunday for Sammy trustees watched more than 20 young performers and acts deliver their creative talents and ideas in a bid for financial help.

One such group, the Blowin’ a Hooley Theatre based in North Shields’ Meadow Well outlined their plans for a new drama production celebrating veterans who have served their country relating stories both good and bad. Represented by actors Micky McGregor and Harriet Ghost, the pair gave their vision for the new production and subsequently their impressive pitch granted them a Sunday for Sammy award of £3,000.00.

That donation tipped the cumulative total of grants since the charity was formed in 2000 to a staggering £500,000, money which has helped hundreds of entertainers with funding. Grants are wide and varied with everything from the purchase of musical instruments, tuition fees, living expenses while at drama school right up to fully funded in house drama productions such as the recent play “Walker Talk” which saw a theatre group work with children from Walker Technical College for a year.

The DVD of the February sell out show at Newcastle Metro Arena has recently been released. It contains appearances from the cast regulars with surprise guests including Brenda Blethyn and Johnny Vegas, musical highlights featuring Trevor Horn singing “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Ralph McTell performing a poignant version of “Streets of London” and a show-stopping duet between Joe McElderry and Jersey Boys singer Ryan Molloy performing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.”

Actor and Trustee of Sunday for Sammy Tim Healy said:

“It’s great to see so much young talent right here in the north east. We’ve helped hundreds of people over the years including our own Trustee Jason Cook who came to us many years ago for support. He’s a great example of what we do as are the Blowin a Hooley Theatre. We were able to fund them previously to put on a production of Tom Haddaway’s The Filleting Machine and we’ve watched them grow and develop.”

“Half a million pounds is a lot of money to give away and thanks to everyone who has ever attended a show or bought the DVD, even more young people will get that helping hand into the world of entertainment.”

The DVD’s including the 2018 show are available from JG Windows in Newcastle and Metro Centre.

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Photo shows: Sunday for Sammy Trustees with Blowin’ a Hooley at the audition.

L to R: Front: Tim Healy, Harriet Ghost, Micky McGregor, Billy Mitchell

Back: Ray Laidlaw, Lynn O’Sullivan, Ray Stubbs, Damian Robson

Photo Credit – Highlights PR



Sunday for Sammy 2018

Projects are funded by the Sunday for Sammy Trust using money raised from the sales of tickets to the shows and DVD’s of previous shows

Media and PR  Keith Newman 07814 397951

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