News: Peterborough has Talent for Papworth Trust!

23/11/2009

Peterborough City Council presented both Papworth Trust and the Mayor of Peterborough with a cheque for over £1,400.
Peterborough City Council presented both Papworth Trust and the Mayor of Peterborough with a cheque for over £1,400.

Peterborough has Talent originally took place in November of last year as part of Papworth Trust's Grand Challenge and raised £4,000. And after the huge success, the competition ran again in September. Funds raised from the second competition have been split between Papworth Trust and the chosen charities of the Mayor of Peterborough, taking the total donated to Papworth Trust to £5,400.

Two sets of auditions took place the second time around, where judges watched in amazement, 20 performances which ranged from dancers to a 20 piece barber shop ensemble. Last year's winner, Wendy Jones, who sang Valerie by The Zutons, used her prize money to record an album. She also supported boy band JLS on their recent tour.

The finalists of Peterborough has Talent performed at the Key Theatre, Peterborough, in September, where a panel of celebrity and guest judges announced the winners.

Bridget Orchard, Fundraising Manager at Papworth Trust, said: "It's fantastic that The Grand Challenge inspired such a great fundraising initiative. Peterborough Has Talent proved to be such a popular and successful event the first time round so I was really pleased to hear that it was happening again. And of course, we're really grateful to benefit from money raised from the competition."

Two final events, one of which was sold out, took place in September. Winner of the Under 12's show was rock band Power Surge who played songs by the Hoosiers and Take That. Winner of the Over 12's went to 15 year old Jack Sandison.

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