Andrew Parsons is the organiser and director of the Big Charity Concert - an annual spectacular run in aid of the hospice. His wife was looked after by the hospice and Andrew continues to fundraise with the huge concert (currently tickets are available 2 for the price of 1 in a flash sale this weekend only - please quote 'Hospice' when buying tickets)

'I organised my first Big Charity Concert in October 2013, so this will be the sixth concert.'


'I had started promoting concerts the previous year and thought it would be a good idea to do a charity concert. I chose St Wilfrid’s Hospice because my wife had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was being cared for at home. Towards the end of her life I decided to contact the hospice to ask if they could admit her. Unfortunately there were no beds available at the time and a bed didn’t become available until just after she passed away.

I thought if I could do something to help raise funds for the hospice they would be able to care for more people. Just after I did my first charity concert the hospice moved into its new building which had double the number of beds and meant they could help more people.'

'It’s really difficult to pick a favourite moment as there have been so many good acts but being able to raise money for the hospice has given me a lot of satisfaction as that has been the main motivation for doing the concerts.'



'The Royal Hippodrome Theatre is a lovely Victorian theatre and is around 135 years old. It has a great atmosphere and I love doing the concerts there.'

'I guess the main challenge is putting on a concert that people will want to come and see. I want them to enjoy the concert so hopefully they will come again.' 

'The hospice is housed in a great building with beautiful grounds. It does wonderful work caring for people with life limiting illnesses.'


'The concert this year has 4 new acts who are all different. Beau Dermott who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent will perform mainly songs from great musicals. Local resident Tom Fitzpatrick specialises in performing swing songs. Roy Charles is a very funny magician and Lauren Bannon who was a finalist on The Voice this year will sing rock and pop songs.'



'I am very excited about this year’s line up. As well as the acts I have mentioned in the last answer we also have Concentus who are a great local choir, Bourne Chorus who sing to a high standard, the exciting Rinceoiri Ratton Irish Dancers and the very accomplished Shining Stars Dance Academy.'

Tickets for the Big Charity Concert are now available online at the Royal Hippodrome website.

(currently tickets are available 2 for the price of 1 in a flash sale this weekend only - please quote 'Hospice' when buying tickets)