Final touches to cabaret show

Sophie Tickle pic her late mum Janice at her 40th birthday party
Sophie Tickle pic her late mum Janice at her 40th birthday party
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A DRAMA student is organising a cabaret show in memory of her late mum.

Performer Sophie Tickle, 20, and her friends are set to host a show-stopping fund-raiser at her old school in aid of Myeloma UK.

The ex De La Salle High pupil’s mum, Janice, tragically succumbed to the rare form of bone marrow cancer in 2006, aged just 43.

Sophie, who is set to start the final year of her drama degree at Exeter University next month, said: “My mum wasn’t just my role model - she was my best friend too. She was 100 per cent supportive of me and used to come to all of my shows.

“A few of the songs we’ve sung every year are from the musicals she particularly loved - including one from the last show she ever came to see me perform in, Les Miserables.

“Last year 300 people attended - a sell out - and we raised more than £6,000. I was speechless.”

Janice Tickle was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005 and sadly passed away the following year. A tribute fund set up in her memory is now up to £10,000.

But Sophie, from Eccleston, who started holding charity events in her mum’s honour two years ago, is still determined to raise more money for Myeloma UK and raise awareness about the disease.

She added: “It’s not one of the most common cancers so it’s vital that we raise as much money as we can for the charity to help them fund research into the disease and continue to provide support and advice.

“The first concert we ever held only took about a week to organise and was just a small show with my friends - but it was such a success that it’s been building ever since. We even held a Christmas carol concert last year. We’ve just started rehearsals and hope to put on another good show.

“Organising these shows is quite hard work but it’s well worth when it all comes together.”

Sophie’s fund-raising concert is set to take place at De La Salle High School on the evening of September 11.

The doors are set to open at 7.15pm in time for a 7.45pm start.

Tickets for the show, priced £12.50 each for seats on the the hall floor or £10 for the balcony, are available now. A hotpot supper is included in the price and there will be a raffle and charity auction held on the night too.

To book your tickets call 07834 529246.