Britain’s Got Talent star visits hospice ahead of summer Symphony at the Tower concert

Posted on - 6th March, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Music, People, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Nurses and nursing assistants from St Catherine’s Hospice with Lucy Kay

Nurses and nursing assistants from St Catherine’s Hospice with Lucy Kay

Britain’s Got Talent star, Lucy Kay visited St. Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall, as she prepares to perform at this year’s Symphony at the Tower.


The annual event, filled with live music, will be celebrating it’s 20th year at Hoghton Tower, while the Hospice too will be celebrating it’s 30th birthday.

Runner-up on last year’s talent show, Lucy visited the hospice to see where the proceeds will be going, and gave an intimate performance for patients, families and staff.

The 25-year old spent time chatting and listening to patients, and she received very warm and excitable reactions during her visit.

Former Preston butcher, Peter suffers from lung cancer and was in awe of the singer, “I remember seeing her on the show last year and expecting her to be another pop singer – then when she began and this voice came out, my jaw dropped! It was amazing.

“To hear her here at St Catherine’s, which is such a special place to me, was unbelievable. It brought tears to my eyes again. It was a privilege to meet her – she’s such a lovely, genuine girl.”

Patient Peter Fitzpatrick with Lucy Kay

Patient Peter Fitzpatrick with Lucy Kay

Lisa Gilkes watched the performance with her husband Ben and three young children, and said:  “It was absolutely beautiful – the surroundings really added to the atmosphere too.

“It was lovely to do something different, to come out of my room and to share something special with the children and my family. It’s been a very happy occasion.”

Lucy herself spoke positively of her visit, she said: “My visit to St Catherine’s has been absolutely lovely – it’s such a calm, tranquil place which is full of angels. It’s so important for people to have a place like this which offers such warmth and comfort. As soon as you walk through the door you are made to feel so welcome. It’s amazing that they have been here for 30 years and I’m so happy to be performing at Symphony at the Tower as they celebrate such an important year.

“I really can’t wait for Symphony – it will mean so much more now I have seen where the money raised is spent. To be part of that is just fantastic.”

She will be following Status Quo, who take to the stage on Friday, July 3 as she performs the next night. The Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra will also be performing, along with male classical group Blake, and fireworks are expected to conclude the event’s milestone year.

For tickets to this year’s Symphony at the Tower click here


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