Flood Aid

Lareena Mitchell
Lareena Mitchell
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Entertainers are showing their love for those hit by the recent flooding.

Tribute artists, comedians and more will join forces for Kendal In The Wind – a special fund-raiser for the Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal.

Performer Jimmy Love has teamed up with Viva Blackpool, in Church Street, to host the event on Monday, December 28 for the fund run by Cumbria Community Foundation to help those whose homes were damaged in the flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

Jimmy said: “I was deeply affected by the images on the news, just seeing all these poor people having to leave their homes and possessions at this time of year made me want to do something to help.

“I have friends who live in Kendal who have been living upstairs because downstairs is flooded, others have been temporarily moved to hotels.

“It’s a great thing about the British, we’ve never lost the “Blitz” spirit. In times of hardship we pull together as a community, and we’ve seen this happen right across the North West in the wake of the floods.”

Although best known in Blackpool as Legends at Sands Venue’s Elton John tribute act, Jimmy won’t be performing in that guise for this show.

Also taking part will be Viva’s resident host Leye D Johns and the Viva showgirls, comics Ryan Gleeson, Steve Harris and Ricky Laine, singers Tris Drew, Lareena Mitchell – who appeared on The Voice series two – Mel Wood, Angie Greer, Natalie Dean, Sammi Shephard and Kim Markham, vocal instrumentalist Jo Ashcroft, exotic artiste Rio Sanchez and vocal ensemble, Diva, plus ‘party starter’ Lionel Vinyl, and comedy burlesque act Lynn Ruth Miller, who has appeared on TV screens on Britain’s Got Talent.

Viva Blackpool’s managing director Martin Heywood said: “We have naturally all been moved by the scenes we have seen from flooded properties in Cumbria, which are just 50 miles from us here in Blackpool.

“Those in St Michael’s are even closer to home.

“Our very own Leye D Johns comes from Barrow, so we have our own personal connections to Cumbria and wanted to do something to help, in the best way we could as an entertainment venue.

“When Jimmy suggested the event to us, we thought it a fabulous idea and squeezed it into our Twixmas schedule.

“We now just need the people of Blackpool, and visitors to the resort, to come down here, club together and do their bit to raise money that will eventually allow those affected to get their lives and homes back together.”

Tickets cost £10 from www.vivablackpool.com or by calling (01253) 297297.

Anyone wanting to support the event who cannot attend can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Kendalinthewind/.