Production to boost terminally-ill choreographer’s £1m charity target

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Yeadon Amateur Operatic Society are hosting a new production as they aim to boost the charity efforts of their terminally-ill choreographer.

Jacqui Drake, who has been working with the society since the 1990s, was diagnosed with terminal skin cancer - 17 years after she thought she had beat the illness.

Jacqui has always remained resilient and after coming through an operation in February she decided to launch a fundraising target of £1million in aid of the Bexley Wing Cancer Unit at St James’s Hospital.

So far the ‘Jacqui’s Million’ fund has raised over £25,000 and now the coffers are set to be boosted even further by the production of Stone Cold Murder at Yeadon Town Hall.

The production starts tonight and runs until Saturday.

£1 from each ticket sold will be donated towards the fund and in addition there will be a bucket collection on each evening.

Malcolm Kleiman MBE, vice-chair of the society, said: “We’re the oldest amateur society in the area and we always support a local charity, even more so in this case.

“We will do our utmost to help this very worthy cause.”

In terms of the play itself, Malcolm says there is plenty to keep people hooked.

“The play is about a couple who take on a run-down pub in the Dales in the close season,” aded Malcolm.

“As the play goes on, it develops into an edge-of-your-seat play and people won’t know the outcome until the finale.

“It’s a whodunnit in a wonderful setting.”

Tickets for each showing, which starts at 7.30pm nightly, cost £10.

To book, call 01132 505587 or 01132 503032.