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Ruthie Henshall & Friends

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED…. You can still buy tickets from the Regent Box Office

Photograph with permission of Peter Payn

Back in August, Young Carer Lily Ayres had the opportunity to audition in front of West End royalty when she performed for Ruthie Henshall, who was seeking undiscovered talent for her charity concert, Ruthie Henshall & Guests Care for a Song 2011.

Lily’s biggest dream has always been to become a performer and she has a performance style of other big female singers like Adele.

Now Lily is to appear at the Ipswich Regent alongside a star regarded one of the biggest and brightest of her generation. The show follows on from last year’s successful concert for Suffolk Family Carers which raised thousands of pounds for their work in Suffolk.

Star of the West End, Ruthie is passionate about discovering and nurturing new talent. She says “Last year was such a great show and we had some first rate performers up on stage with us. With the charity being so dear to me it is really important we follow up that success with something equally as special.”

Lily, aged 16, cares for her mother in Lowestoft. Lily’s mum suffers from fibromyalgia along with depression. Lily has a physical caring role, in that she helps out with housework, as well as an emotional one, in that Lily is a big support to Mum when she isn’t feeling well. Being very close, Lily worries about her Mum a lot, particularly if she isn’t with her during the day.

Lily has been involved with Suffolk Young Carers for just over two and half years, in the Lowestoft area, and gets regular support from the staff team there. She would be able to be a role model for other young carers, who sometimes find it hard to find time to follow their own aspirations and dreams.

Ruthie is Patron of the charity that helps Family Carers to live fuller lives. Family Carers look after someone who has an illness or disability, usually a close family member, relative or friend. The care they provide is unpaid and can be a 24hr role. They often suffer from stress or ill health themselves as a result. Many have to give up work and opportunities to lead a normal life are limited. There are also over 4,000 Young Carers in Suffolk who look after a parent or sibling and suffer at school or with friendships as a direct result.

Suffolk Family Carers provides support, advice, information and opportunities for breaks and to meet others in a similar situation.

Ruthie says, “Family Carers put their own needs on hold and give selflessly for the benefit of others. I am happy to support them and I am very much looking forward to working with some of our talented performers. The event will be an uplifting celebration and I hope we raise lots of money for this worthy cause. “

Tickets are now on sale for the show which takes place at The Ipswich Regent on Sunday 20th November 2011 at 7.30pm. All proceeds raised will go to help hundreds of unpaid Family Carers and Young Carers in Suffolk. Tickets start at £19.00 and are available from the Box Office on 01473 433100 or online.

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