Linda’s hug for her sister and charity

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Singing star Linda Nolan is to come out of semi-retirement to help perform at a special ball which helps support women with breast cancer.

Just weeks after younger sister Bernie died from cancer, Linda, 54, is set to sing at a charity evening for Hug in a Bag Blackpool, a group which helps provide care and assistance to women diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening illness.

Organised by friends Jacqueline Rhodes and Debbie Marr, Hug in a Bag Blackpool gives women suffering with breast cancer on the Fylde coast a gift bag with more than 40 items, including cosmestics and presents, to offer comfort in dark moments.

As patron of the group, Linda said she was delighted to get involved: “Hug in a Bag is a lovely charity. When diagnosed with breast cancer, women can feel lonely and very low – it’s just such a lovely thing for them to have these items to hand.

“Jacqueline and Debbie are just amazing – they raised thousands of pounds last year through their hard work.”

Linda is set to sing with Cleveleys choir group the Capricorn Singers at the September 21 evening, held at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.

She added: “I am going to rehearse with the girls and see how we go.

“I do quite a lot of charity work myself and being a foster carer for babies singing has taken a back seat. I am very nervous but the charity is so important. I hosted the event last year and I am really looking forward to it.

“Bernie was involved with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity and I am involved in Hug in a Bag among others.

“It’s something that is close to all our hearts and we are continuing the fight to find a cure.”

Organiser Jacqueline Rhodes, 50, from Thornton, said she was delighted the former Nolans star had offered to sing at the event: “When we were setting this up, Linda, being a Blackpool girl, became a patron. She co-hosted our first ball last year at the Hilton hotel where we managed to raise £10,000.

“We attended a concert for the Capricorn Singers with Linda and it was at that point she said ‘I will sing with you’”

“At first we thought she was saying it in jest, but she said she would sing with the Capricorn Singers at the opening of the ball.”

For tickets for the evening, which has a Hollywood theme contact 07761 071650 or email huginabag2@yahoo.co.uk.