The traditional sounds of the Edwardian music hall era will be brought to life this summer to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.
Jeremy Stroughair, a professional actor for more than 30 years, has teamed up with Pocket Panto and Little Pixie Productions to host a special charity ‘Edwardian Cavalcade’ performance at Rotherham Civic Theatre on 22 July.
The traditional, family-friendly show will raise money for the Purple Butterfly Appeal in memory of Jeremy’s mother, Maureen Stroughair, who passed away in January age 78 at Rotherham Hospital after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Jeremy, of Swallownest in Sheffield, said: “I wanted to do something to raise money for the Purple Butterfly Appeal to honour my mum’s memory and to help channel the sadness I feel about losing her into something positive. Theatre is in my blood so I thought a show dedicated to her was the perfect way to celebrate her life.
“My mum would have loved the show. It will be full of fun, from start to finish. It will be joyous with lots of singing to classic tunes based around the First World War and the Music Hall era, which I’m sure will send our audience home humming a tune or two.
“Everyone at Little Pixie Productions and Pocket Panto are working really hard to ensure the show is wonderful and I really hope we can fill the Rotherham Civic Theatre to the rafters.”
The Purple Butterfly Appeal raises money to fund Purple Butterfly rooms, which provide privacy, dignity, space and a home-from-home for patients, their families, friends and carers.
The £75,000 purpose-built rooms offer privacy and dignity to patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families. The money goes towards funding the building works, specialist equipment and facilities for loved ones to stay plus a television, fridge, microwave and a kettle.
Rotherham Hospital currently has three Purple Butterfly rooms, located on Ward A2, Fitzwilliam Ward and the Labour Ward.
Jeremy, who will compere the show as the ‘Chairman,’ added: “My family and I were incredibly grateful that my mum was able to spend time in the Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital before she passed away. It had all the facilities we needed and it meant we had the privacy and space to spend time with her when it really mattered and to say goodbye.
“I hope the show helps to raise as much money as possible, not only to give my mum the send-off she deserves, but to help fund another Purple Butterfly room so other patients and families can benefit in future too.”
Jeremy’s Edwardian Cavalcade will feature magic and music with sing-a-long classics, such as ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’ and ‘Daisy, Daisy.’ Tickets cost £10 with all the proceeds raised boosting the Purple Butterfly Appeal.
Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funding Committee, said: “The Charity is incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated and ambitious fundraisers like Jeremy and everyone at Pocket Panto and Little Pixie Productions, who I know are working hard to ensure the Edwardian Cavalcade is a wonderful and fitting tribute to Maureen.
“It’s the first time anyone will have tread the boards to host a professional theatre production in aid of the charity and I’m sure it will be a memorable day for everyone involved. Tickets are selling fast, so I’m sure it will be a fantastic atmosphere.”
For more information about the Edwardian Cavalcade and to book tickets visit www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/. Alternatively, you can call the Rotherham Civic Theatre Box Office on 01709 823621.
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.